February 10 – Chronological Life of Jesus Day 29
As I sat and unwrapped the words of this chapter today, from all the many things to take away from it, one thing was clear to my heart and that was Jesus shows us His.
Hopefully your relationship, understanding, and vocabulary has grown deeper and will continue to amplify. Hopefully the questions, insight, and boldness has fallen upon you. I would be enthralled to hear anything that the Spirit has laid on your heart up to this point.
READ: Luke 9
As we continue to read, we can see that Jesus knows his time has started to draw near.
- He has shown and given us authority.
- He wants us to trust Him in all areas of our lives–He is enough.
- He wants us to repent (duly note this – we must do this!) and be able to enjoy the Kingdom of God.
I won’t spend too much time on verses 1-17 as we’ve examined these previously, but want to re-iterate that this appears to be Jesus’ one last shot. People are trying to “shut Him down” (vs. 7-9), and they won’t stop until that happens, and Jesus knows this. I love the irony – that Herod was left perplexed. Jesus, himself, had tried, tried and tried again to reach these hardened hearts. But now it’s up to his disciples. If they can’t reach them, then nobody can say that they don’t know the repercussions. That being DEATH.
As we continue on with the verses, this is where I really saw His heart. We know that Jesus wasn’t very well liked, but He did have an inner circle, as we can see in verse 28–Peter, John and James and I’d say Mary, Martha and Lazarus were a part of that “inner circle” as well. He wanted to know Peter’s heart (vs. 20): “Who do you say I am?” using this as a stepping stone to what was about to happen next. Well, Peter knew He was the Messiah, but I don’t think he had any idea why all of the questions and statements. He had heard all of these words before, but this time, they were spoken directly to them. Jesus was leading up to what He showed them in verse 29; Jesus showed His true self – in radiant glory in his transfiguration, which means a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.
I once heard a commentary on the boy with an evil spirit. It stuck with me of course; it was brought to me in a whole new perspective. In verse 41, it seems to be two-fold. Jesus was heartbroken for this poor man, whose son was being tormented. No one, including the disciples, believed that they could help this man and his child. Jesus wanted to comfort the man, because He knew he was tired and worn, fighting this long, complicated, never-ending battle. I know Jesus was losing His patience. I’m sure wanting to throw his hands up in the air (okay, that’s how I may have acted), because everyone had turned from God and still didn’t believe. After everything – and even that miracle of casting out that spirit, Jesus had told them again what was to happen. And yet they still didn’t understand and were afraid to ask.
Humans are funny little beings. Why does it always have to be a competition, I always ask. Jesus saw the hearts of his disciples and had to put them back on track, as you read in verse 48. Jesus’ friends were thinking that a child was not important. Jesus showed them that a child is important to God. The way that they receive a child shows if they understand this. We should not think that we are more important than other people.
From verses 51-56, the people in Samaria did not like Jews to stay in their village. But Jesus just kept on heading to his new set location, Jerusalem.
In verses 57-62, Jesus is saying the time is now; there is no time to waste. Don’t dally, because what is holding you back isn’t going to give you what my Kingdom has in store.
For whoever is not against you is for you!
Lord, may I continue to look to You, and You continue to search my heart. I know that if I am for You, nothing can be against. Thank You for laying down Your life, so I can have mine. May I continue to be forever grateful. Let me not hold myself above anyone else, especially You. Please continue to grow me and use me as one of Your chosen instruments.
I pray all of this in Your all-powerful holy name…Amen!