Fall Bible Reading Plan Week 14: Luke 9:18-26
In chapter 9 Luke we see more of the ‘astonishing majesty of God’ as he feeds the 5000, and heals a boy tormented by an evil spirit. He soberly teaches concerning the cost of following Him. And most importantly Jesus discloses His coming humiliation, death and resurrection in Jerusalem; accomplishing the Father’s purpose for His coming.
In this chapter we find more of the 'astonishing majesty of God' (v43):
- Jesus sends his disciples out to minister with authority (v1-6)
- Jesus feeds the 5000 (v16-17)
- Jesus heals a boy who was tormented by an evil spirit (v37-43)
Jesus also soberly teaches concerning the cost of following Him (v23-27, 57-62).
And most importantly:
- Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ of God (v18-20)
- Jesus clearly discloses His coming humiliation, death and resurrection in Jerusalem; accomplishing the Father's purpose for His coming (v21-22)
- Jesus is transfigured. Peter and John behold His heavenly glory as Jesus discusses, with Moses and Elijah, His departure which He was about to accomplish in Jerusalem. Then the Father speaks from heaven affirming His Son! (v.28-36) and
- In absolute obedience to His Father, Jesus sets His face to go to Jerusalem. v51
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
Jesus Foretells His Death
21 And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
- As followers of Jesus today, how does Jesus' sending out of His first disciples build our faith...as He sends us out to bring the Good News to our world? (v1-6) See Mark 16:14-16
- Romans 6:23 says 'For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord'. It has been said that 'salvation is free, but it is not cheap'. Jesus gave His very life for our salvation and He commands us to count the costs of following Him.
- What does Jesus mean when He says we must deny ourselves and take up our cross daily and follow Him? (v23) How can we lose our life for His sake in order to save it? (v24)
- Read verses 57-62 and ask the Holy Spirit to show you the depth of single-minded devotion Jesus is speaking about to those who He calls to follow Him. Are there any excuses you are making as the Lord calls you to follow Him?
- Jesus' face was set toward Jerusalem where He knew rejection, death and resurrection awaited Him (v53 and v21-22). How does His example and His commitment to His purpose secure, challenge and humble us today?
- There are many people and voices calling out to us today...to follow them. In v35, the Father says, "This is my Son, my Chosen One, listen to Him." Make a fresh commitment to the Lord today to hear Him and follow Him with your whole heart, strength and mind.