Luke 7:18-50 Different reactions to the truth.

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A WORD IN YOUR EAR 

Luke 7:18-50 Different reactions to the truth…

18-35 John the Baptist in prison.

18John’s followers reported all these things back to him. 19John called two of his disciples and sent them to ask Jesus

“Are you the one we are all waiting for, or is it someone else?”

20So they went and asked Jesus directly,

“John the Baptist wants to know if you are the one we are waiting for or if there is someone else”.

21At that same time, Jesus healed many of their sicknesses, diseases and demons and he gave sight to the blind. 22Then Jesus said,

“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard, how the blind see, people can walk again, lepers are healed, people can hear again, the dead are brought back to life, the poor are given the good news. 23God favours those who don’t reject me”.

24-35 Different reactions to the truth.

*a = Malachi 3:1

24When John’s messengers had gone, He said about John,

“What did you expect to see when you went into the desert? A grass reed being blown about by the wind? 25Did you expect to see a man keeping up with the latest fashion? Those who are fashion conscious and spend a lot of money on themselves live in palaces. 26What did you expect to see? A prophet? Well, yes, but that’s not all he was. He was much more than that. 27This was the man about whom it was said, “Look, I will send my messenger before you, who will prepare the way for you.*a 28I tell you this, John the Baptist is the greatest of all prophets, but in the Kingdom of God, everyone will be greater than him”.

29All the people and tax collectors who had been baptised by John and who heard Him speak, agreed this was from God, 30But the religious leaders and religious lawyers who rejected this wisdom as being of God, had also rejected the baptism of John.

31The Lord said

“What can I compare with people living now, and what they are like?  32They are like children sitting in the market who have friends saying, ‘We played dance music to you so you would dance, but you did not dance, and funeral music so you would cry but you didn’t do that either. 33Well, John the Baptist would not eat bread or drink wine and you say, ‘He has a demon’. 34The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you call Him greedy and addicted to wine, and a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’  35Those who love wisdom recognise the wisdom in what I am saying.”

36-50 A religious leader, a sinner and  Jesus.

36A religious leader wanted to have a meal with Him, so He went to his house to eat. 37A woman, rejected by the religious leaders, found out that Jesus was eating at the house of a religious leader and brought a bottle of perfume. 38She fell at his feet crying, washing his feet with her tears, and using her hair as a towel. She kissed His feet and poured the perfume on them. 39The host was thinking,

“If this man was a prophet, He would know what kind of woman she really is”.

40Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something I want to say to you.”

He answered, “Speak Master”.

41“A man had lent money to two men. One man owed five hundred units of money and the other owed fifty. 42Both men could not pay, so he told them that he forgave them the debt. Now answer me, who would love him the most?”

43Simon said, “Well, I suppose the man that he forgave the most money”.

Jesus replied,

“That’s right!” 44Then He turned to the woman and said, “Simon, do you see this woman? I arrived at your house and you didn’t even give me water so I could wash my feet, but this woman washed them with her tears and used her hair as a towel. 45You didn’t greet me properly, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet. 46You didn’t refresh my head with oil, but she has used special anointment on my feet. 47Her many sins are forgiven which is why she has shown great love, but those who feel little need for forgiveness show little love.”

48Then He said to the woman,

“You are forgiven”.

49Those with Him asked,

“Who is this who also forgives sins?”

50Jesus said to the woman,

“Your faith has saved you, you can leave with peace now.”

—-Summary

“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard, how the blind see, people can walk again, lepers are healed, people can hear again, the dead are brought back to life, the poor are given the good news. 23God favours those who don’t reject me”.

Today’s verse: Who is Jesus? 

48Then He said to the woman,

“You are forgiven”.

49Those with Him asked,

“Who is this who also forgives sins?”

50Jesus said to the woman,

“Your faith has saved you, you can leave with peace now.”

Today’s Challenge:

50Jesus said to the woman,

“Your faith has saved you, you can leave with peace now.”

Can Jesus speak these words to you?

Prayer, Praise and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Pray along with this hymn… Yesterday, Today, Forever, Jesus is the same…

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