With only a short time remaining before His crucifixion in Jerusalem, Jesus closes His Perean ministry in the Spring of 29AD by encouraging His followers in the areas of forgiveness, repentance, and servanthood. This episode looks at the final words of Jesus' Perean ministry from Luke 17:1-10.
All resources referencing Luke 16
Jesus continues His extended teaching in Bethany Beyond the Jordan with a parable directed at the Pharisees, exposing once again their refusal to bear the fruits of repentance. They were not only breaking the Law but were leading people to do the same. This episode also examines Jesus' words just prior to the parable in Luke 16.
While still in Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Jesus gives a story to the tax collectors and sinners who had surrounded Him to hear His words. Through the story of the Dishonest Manager, Jesus teaches them to be prudent and wise with their wealth, unlike the Pharisees who loved money. This episode develops the parable and the words following it found in Luke 16.
In Bethany Beyond the Jordan just after the Feast of Dedication, Jesus gives a series of parables to further expose the hardness of the Pharisees' hearts. This episode details the well-known parable of the "prodigal son" and connects it with the larger themes of Jesus' ministry to Israel.
As a young boy, I eagerly anticipated Thanksgiving evening's desserts and Christmas morning's presents. But as I've grown older I've begun to more deeply appreciate the "reason for the season", as the coined Christian phrase goes. And as I have studied the life of Christ these past couple of years a different anticipation has arisen in my heart around the holidays - an excitement of the ...
Have your words or actions ever been misconstrued? Have you ever felt the pain of rejection from close friends or family? Though sin and the curse have made these things a common human experience, God Himself has felt the pain of misunderstanding.
Throughout Jesus' life and ministry, there were several groups of people who interacted frequently with Him:
- His own family (His mother Mary, His four brothers and His sisters) - Matthew 13:55-56
- The women who attended to Him and cared for His needs (Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna) - Luke 8:2-3