THE JOURNEY TO JERUSALEMIntroduction
Luke 9:51 – 62)
On His way to Jerusalem Jesus outlined the following duties to be fulfilled by His would be followers:
Luke 10:1 – 24
A COMMITTED FOLLOWER OF JESUS
Luke 10:25 – 11:1 – 13
Commitment means dedication and devotion to a certain responsibility.
Luke 10:25 – 37)
Luke 10:38 – 42
A committed follower should:
Luke 11:1 – 13
Jesus taught His disciples on how to pray using the Lord’s Prayer and the parable of the friend at midnight.
The Lord’s Prayer has six petitions
Addressing God as “Father” (Abba in Aramaic).
- Christians should establish an intimate relationship with God by addressing God as their father.
Honoring God’s Holy Name – Hallowed be thy name.
- Jesus honored his father by accepting His life and Ministry.
- A Christian should give God full glory, honour and praises.
Declaring the Kingdom of God – Thy Kingdom come.
- God’s kingdom is the rule of God in hearts of people. The petition asks God to establish His rule/peace in people’s hearts.
- Christians should always allow God to rule their hearts so that we are blessed with his presence all the time.
Asking God to provide our daily needs– Give us each day our daily bread.
- Jesus lived in confidence that God provides. This petition means that God can be trusted to provide for our individual needs.
- We should ask God for our daily needs in order to admit that we are dependent on Him.
Asking God to forgive our sins as we forgive others – Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us:
- We can trust God to forgive us for all the wrongs we commit.
- God will forgive us if we also forgiven others.
- Jesus acted as an example for Christians on forgiveness. He prayed His father to forgive those who crucified him as they did not know what they were doing.
Pleading with God not to bring temptations – And lead us not into temptation.
- The disciples must endure so that they are not overcome by temptations.
- This petition implies that God might allow people a time of trial or temptations.
- When faced with trials, God will provide us with victory over satanic temptations.
- Prayer gives us strength, courage and will to face all challenges.
Parable of a friend at midnight
Reasons why Christians pray
Luke 11:14 – 36
The Christians should not give Satan a chance to reoccupy their hearts but allow the Holy Spirit to permanently guide them.
(c) The sign of Jonah Luke: 11:29 – 32
The sign of Jonah and queen of Sheba illustrates that pagans were able to recognize God’s presence unlike the Jews who have rejected Jesus and fail to see God’s saving power in him.
If the Jews refuse to listen to Jesus who is greater than Jonah and the Queen of Sheba, God will reject them and the Gentiles will receive God’s salvation.
(d) The light of the body (Luke 11:33 – 36)
Jesus used the parable of the lamp and lamp stand to show that He is the light that God offers to His people.
To refuse the light by seeking for a sign is to prefer darkness. His message is seen as the light to shine to others.
From the above incident Christians learn that:
JESUS’ TEACHINGS ON HYPOCRISY WEALTH AND WATCHFULNESS
Luke 11:37 – 12:1-12
Luke 11:37 – 54, 12:1 – 3
Luke 12:8 - 12
JESUS’ TEACHINGS ON MATERIAL POSSESSIONS, WATCHFULNESS AND READINESS
(a) Material possessions:
Luke 12:13 – 34
In this parable Jesus explains that:
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