Oh, the pain of rejected love! It hurts when someone rejects your love, no matter what age you are. This message exponds on Jesus' lament over Jerusalem: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the porphets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!"
Jesus was tempted by Satan three times after his baptism. Each temptation was connected to a location in the Holy Land for a specific reason. This sermon reveals the meaning of each location, and gives helpful hints for not only being prepared, but also defeating our spiritual enemy.
The Transfiguration of Christ provides an opportunity for Jesus to address Peter's misunderstandings concerning the cross. Peter heard Jesus talk about his suffering and death, but didn't hear Jesus' message concerning his resurrection. The glorious transfiguration gives the Heavenly Father a chance to verify his plan for both the humiliation and exhaltation of Christ.
This passage from Luke 5:1-11, often labeled The Calling of the First Disciples, took place up to one year after Jesus had already come to know them through John the Baptist. Rather than a call to make a first commitment to follow Jesus, this passage is more like a call to stop fooling around and to fully dedicate our lives to Christ.
Perhaps a year after Jesus begins his ministry, he comes to preach at the synagogue in his hometown (Luke 4:14-30). He proclaims both the year of Jubilee (Lev. 25:10) and the arrival of the Messiah. His friends and neighbors at first respond positively, but then try to kill him. The sermon explains the strange reaction of his hometown, and teaches three truths about the poor and forgotten.
There is hope for 2010 because of the nearer, clearer and stronger relevation of God's word throughout the ages. The incarnation of Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit put us at a unique advantage as compared to God's people in the Old Testatment.