Luke (Program #15) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in Galilee (6)
Have you ever noticed that shortly after introducing and baptizing the Lord Jesus, John the Baptist himself was imprisoned and held there until he was beheaded? But during his imprisonment, the Lord Jesus was healing and liberating many oppressed and suffering people. Yet for John the Baptist He offer no such miracle. Even pressed to do so by John and some of His followers. What He did offer to John, was a very unique word that outwardly seem to offer no help. But likely became an inner strengthening to John, even through his martyrdom. We will look at this case and two other interesting cases from Luke chapter 7.
Ezekiel (Program #18) – The Outer and Inner Courts
In the temple in Ezekiel, there are two courts – the outer court and the inner court. Originally, we were all wandering outside the wall, in the world and apart from God’s purpose. But praise the Lord, we pass through Christ as the gate and by the mercy of the Lord, we began to enjoy Christ in the outer court of God’s temple. Eventually, we pass through Christ again into the inner court. And that’s when the service and ministry to God begins.
Luke (Program #14) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in Galilee (5)
Human history has witnessed many great moral and ethical teachers, Plato, Socrates, Confucius just to name a few. The Bible also contains wonderful teachings of morality and ethical behavior but no one say the Lord Jesus Christ Himself ever claimed as He did in John 6, “that the word that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” We all need to ask ourselves this fundamental questions, “Is God’s word to us just a book of ethical and moral teachings or is it a book that brings us to spirit and life?”
Ezekiel (Program #17) – The Vision of the Holy Building of God
God’s eternal goal is a holy building which is how the book of Ezekiel concludes starting in chapter 40. The three previous sections in Ezekiel are for this final last section starting in chapter 40. That is, the glory of the Lord in chapter 1, the judgment of God from chapters 2 to 32, and, the recovery of the Lord by life from chapters 33 to 39 are all for the holy building of God which is covered in Ezekiel chapters 40 to 48. Today, you’ve joined us as we begin this final section in Ezekiel touching God’s goal – His holy building.
Luke (Program #13) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in Galilee (4)
The Bible tells us to love our enemies. Even to treat those who hate us well and to the ones that beat us in the cheek we should turn the other. Well we all heard such teachings and we may agree with them and even strongly desire to be such humble and meek persons. But when confronted with evil treatment or slander we lash out in anger and hatred of our own. But there is One in whom this kind of behavior does not come with difficulty and strife, in fact it matches the very character and nature of His life. For there was a time when we were His enemies and even His haters but He captured us with His love and now He blesses us by imparting His very life into us with the same capacity to love and forgive and forget.
Ezekiel (Program #16) – The Dry Bones, the Two Sticks, and the Army
Ezekiel chapter 37 is one of the three great chapters in the book of Ezekiel because it uniquely reveals how God’s spirit comes into us in order to enliven us that we may become a corporate Body formed into an army and also built up as God’s dwelling place.
Luke (Program #12) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in Galilee (3)
In Luke’s gospel, we find the account of just how the Lord Jesus called and attracted many of His disciples and followers. With some He performed mighty miracles, yet with others it was simply His word or His sympathetic care that captivated them and drew them out of whatever held them to follow Him and serve Him absolutely. What about you? Are you waiting for a miracle? Or is the realization of what He has already done or even the promise of His sweet presence enough to cause you to want to give up everything and follow Him?
Ezekiel (Program #15) – The Outward and Inward Recovery by Life
Ezekiel chapter 36:26-27 are classic verses in the entire Old Testament that are essential for us to understand and to know the Lord in an intimate way. They tell us, “I will also give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take away the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and My ordinances you shall keep and do.”
Luke (Program #11) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in Galilee (2)
After passing through a full and thorough preparation, and even an inauguration, the Lord Jesus was ready to begin His earthly ministry. He does so by quoting from the Old Testament pages of Isaiah, speaking words of grace to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, ushering acceptable year of the Lord, the Jubilee. Well, these words were amazing to the Jews of Galilee as they are to us today. But as we will see today and the coming days as we continue on this life study from the gospel of Luke, His living and His ministry became a living portrait of this Jubilee and in Him, all we as the real captives and the real blind ones find our freedom and our sight.