In Luke 13, two types of disasters are mentioned, the natural Or do we know anything of a gradual, growing, spreading, increasing, leavening process going on in our inward man? He said, "I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow." 1 Peter 1:15-16. They are often the "leaven" of grace working in a heart. Let nothing short of this content us. We belong to a Christian Church. watch-night service.). Two things are absolutely necessary to the salvation of every one of us. There are no incurable cases with Christ. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Luke 13:11-13. **************************************************************************, ***************************************************************************. They have lived for years in the best part of God's vineyard, and yet borne no fruit. His work was not yet finished. This sermon was preached on January 22, 2006 at Desiring God Community Church in Charlotte, NC. It is here that we (Hebrews 13:5-6, Revelation 3:20) JESUS IS THE ANSWER FOR CONFUSION - Vss. We shall find that we have lost our own souls. Does God bring judgment on people and nations? speaking of the Spirit of God, within our hearts. About the meaning of these words there can be no doubt. (Acts 8:22.) ", Let us never despair about the salvation of others so long as they are alive. Unless a person repents, final judgment will not be pretty. The owner of the fig tree "came seeking fruit. "He that begins the work, will perform it unto the day of Jesus Christ." The faith of most believers is very fitful and spasmodic. Hear The Word of God And Keep It — Luke 11: 14-28. Let us repent more deeply, and humble ourselves more thoroughly, every year. Luke 2:27). of Jerusalem in --He has only to look around him, and compare the ways of the many with the word of God, and he will soon come to the conclusion, if he is an honest man, that the saved are few. Our Lord, no doubt, spoke with a prophetic foresight of coming things. (Psalms 122:1; Psalms 84:1.). The true believers in Christ will enter into Heaven. We must never follow a multitude to do evil. Hebrews 9:27 - And as it is appointed The subject before us is no light matter. don’t like, thinking they are being judged for their sins. "I would have gathered your children," says Christ, "but you were not willing." Were these 18 victims of a natural disaster guilty of some So Jesus pronounces that everyone needs to repent. God's sovereignty and man's responsibility shall appear perfectly harmonious one day. Let us remember the parable before us and take courage. some sort of insurrection. countries. see that the Jewish people had the idea that those punished during natural and They have light, and truth, and doctrines, and precepts, of which the heathen never hear. We are told of a "woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could not straiten up." The Lord Jesus was gate" is through faith in Christ. It was so with the Jewish Church forty years after our Lord's ascension. What has kept me from walking in the same road, except the free grace of God?". Happy is that man who can walk in our Lord's steps, and say, "I shall have what is good for me. (Revelation 6:16. Luke 10:38-42 - Martha's Discovery Of The One Necessary Thing. For another, let us keep the day "holy," and give it to God. His time was not yet come for leaving the world. Year after year idolatry withered away before it. (Proverbs 11:18.). He lives, who formed the world out of nothing, and He never changes. - There will be a time when it will be too late to be saved. Even though they will claim to have known They will receive the solemn answer, "I don't know you. Such is human nature in every age. The throne of grace shall be removed, and the throne of judgment shall be set up in its place. If ever there was a religion which was a little grain of seed at its beginning, that religion was the Gospel. Lessons America Learned On September 11, 2001 - Luke 13:1-5 4 Elements That Mark The Last Days - Luke 17:26-27 The Place Of Prayer - Luke 18:1 The leaven of grace once planted in his heart, shall yet leaven the whole lump. If so, there is hope. Each one believes that all Scripture is inspired by God. THE WAY - Vs. 24 - Jesus sin. Verses 1-13. They describe the second coming of Christ and the day of judgment. The parable we have now read is peculiarly humbling and heart-searching. The nature of true repentance is clearly and unmistakably laid down in holy Scripture. It is a serious thing to be "wise above that which is written." forsake, and yes, if necessary make things right with someone else. Surely not. before to save them. For that change let us be prepared. All things are said to be theirs, life, death, things present, and things to come. The murder of the Galileans, mentioned in the first verse of this passage, is an event of which we know nothing certain. We learn, secondly, from this passage, that it is a most dangerous thing to be unfruitful under great religious privileges. There were many times ", These are solemn truths. How many in the full enjoyment of bodily vigor, allow the most frivolous excuses to keep them away from the house of God! Jesus continued to point out the disciple"s proper relationships. It is for lack of steady, constant faith, that so few can say with Christ, "I must proceed on my way today and tomorrow, and not die until my work is done. in a complete change in attitude.” H.A. ", Whatever others may think in religion, the Lord Jesus would have us know, that we are responsible for exertion. 1. and the unnatural. Often you and I would be like the land owner in the story, we When we are confused we must not only pray for guidance but read the Bible. Our lives may have been long spent in worldliness and folly. - There will be a time when it will be too late to be saved. In spite of suffering and infirmity, she found her way to the place where the day and the word of God were honored, and where the people of God met together. The instruction of 11:5-13 assumes the foundational instruction of 11:2-4. Peter follows up his talk about the judgment with these words Few indeed know anything of it. He may have been an idle trifler with religion, who was ever wasting his time on curious and speculative questions. Those who are excluded Sickness was no excuse with her for tarrying from God's house. We see, lastly, in these verses, a heart-searching prophecy delivered. Do we really know our own sinfulness? to the Jews of His day, they can certainly apply to anyone who claims to have The second story is the Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10). 25-27. It is like the mixture of leaven with a lump of dough. Evidently Pilate thought that certain Galileans were guilty of There never was a pardoned man who was not also a penitent. death. The first is the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:3-7). Jesus himself came and dug around the roots and added fertilizer, It is in obedience that the knot will be untied. Given the disciples exposure to Jesus’ practice, and their awareness that John had taught his disciples … The new heart finds no trouble in keeping the Sabbath holy. Jesus tells a story that could refer to Israel. The unbelief and indecision of others will be no excuse at the last day. How great is their responsibility! They saw men and women who sinned. It is not enough that they grieve parents, and ministers, and neighbors, and friends. He teaches us that the command to "do no work" on the Sabbath, was not intended to prohibit works of necessity and mercy. He can take what confuses us and explain it. He that desires to know the number of the saved, in the present dispensation, need only turn to the Bible, and his curiosity will be satisfied. We cannot lay the blame on God the Father, nor on Jesus Christ the Redeemer, nor on the Holy Spirit the Comforter. Luke 13:13. God is every year observing them, and taking account of all their ways. How many find religious services a weariness while they attend them, and feel relieved when they are over! In Luke 13, two types of disasters are mentioned, the natural 3:5-8, Now you and I who know Jesus as Savior do not need to worry None but the elect shall be finally saved. Used by Permission. 7:13-14, John 14:6. Observe, he did not send, but came himself, which manifested his great desire to find fruit. The man who can answer these questions satisfactorily is a true Christian. JESUS IS THE ANSWER FOR SORROW - Vss. These expository preaching outlines were preached in pulpits of the church of Christ. Promises of Scripture are held out to us. when Jesus did things that provoked the “religious” leaders of His day. Ἀνωρθώθη, she was raised up straight) The upright posture is one that is in consonance with the nobility of man.— ἐδόξαζε, glorified) The soul and body, after having received help [and relief from above], become, as it were, an instrument just freshly acquired for sounding the Divine praises. hear sobering words, which make us think about the seriousness and/or severity All that are found impenitent and unbelieving shall be thrust out forever from God's presence. But her name and history are hidden from us. Twice He declares emphatically, "Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.". unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: H.A. The grain of mustard seed "grew and became a great tree." Foreknowledge like this, of course, is not granted to believers in the present day. Salvation to the uttermost is offered to men. Luke 12:16-21 - A Certain Rich Man: What Was The Problem? They were quietly offering sacrifices, perhaps at Passover, and has a few days to live.". "No man can come unto Christ except the Father draws him." Our Lord tells us that in the day of His second coming, ''Many will seek to enter in at the strait gate, and shall not be able." Church after church was formed in almost every quarter of the earth then known. Jesus is saying this is just not so. Luke 13:11. of, . We see in these verses a remarkable question asked. I shall be taken when I am ripe for heaven, and not a minute before. The last day will prove that all mankind were debtors to God's mercy, and Christ's mediation. Does he hear of a sudden death? (Psalms 112:7.). Christ "would" save them, but they were not willing. Hypocrisy Never Solves A Problem — Luke 12: 1-12. It is eminently true that real Christianity will always begin at home. At any rate, they gave Him an opportunity of speaking to them about their own souls, which He did not fail to employ. thought about whether the people you know are going to Heaven or not? We see in these verses a striking example of diligence in the use of means of grace. The motives of those who told our Lord of the event, we are left to conjecture. To cultivate this frame of mind would add immensely to our peace. It could happen to you. They may be covered with the leaves of forms, and services, and ordinances. Its first preachers were a few fishermen and publicans, who were, most of them, unlearned and ignorant men. (Acts 3:19.) sin. It seems impossible to draw any other lesson from the earnest pleading of the dresser of the vineyard--"Lord, let it alone this year also." for believers. Nothing is too hard for the Lord. There is everything to encourage us to begin. The Pharisees and the scribes had the wrong viewpoint. Sometimes people are not thinking correctly. In some cases no doubt the progress is far quicker than in others. Every once in a while we Above all, it is inseparably connected with lively faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. A few serious thoughts and prickings of conscience--a desire to pray really and not formally--a determination to begin reading the Bible in private--a gradual drawing towards means of grace--an increasing interest in the subject of religion--a growing distaste for evil habits and bad companions, these, or some of them, are often the first symptoms of grace beginning to move the heart of man. If it was allowable to attend to the needs of beasts on the Sabbath, how much more to human creatures! But if there is one part of His perfections which He is pleased to exhibit to man more clearly than another, beyond doubt that part is mercy. We must repent as well as believe, if we hope to be saved. Even those who are finally lost will discover to their shame, that it was "of the Lord's mercies they were not consumed" long before they died. Do we cordially and heartily hate everything that is evil? But what says the Scripture? Not because we need to be saved, but because we need to be holy! 1 Timothy 5:5). But let us never forget to look at home, and to learn wisdom for ourselves from all that happens to others. Yet even to Jerusalem He says, "How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.". 25-27 The will of poor hardened unbelieving man, and not the will of Christ, is the cause why sinners are lost for evermore. We learn first from this passage that where God gives spiritual privileges He expects proportionate returns. "As I live," are His words, "I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked." May we ever seek to be men of this frame of mind! The state of our own souls should always be our first concern. 9 Outlines . Let us take heed so to live that He may see in us fruit. The true work of the Holy Spirit will never stand still. but would make a nice possibility for a New Year sermon, especially at a If He were to lay His healing hand on them, they would be "made straight, and glorify God." He will say to himself, "Are my sins forgiven? The first beginnings of the work of grace in a sinner are generally exceedingly small. It is a dreadful conclusion. Experience shows that there is the closest connection between Sabbath sanctification and healthy Christianity. This is what God looked for. We see this brought out in a most forcible manner by our Lord's language about Jerusalem. We see, secondly, in these verses, a striking exhortation given. The man who can find no pleasure in giving God one day in the week, is manifestly unfit for heaven. Let us leave the subject with the solemn inquiry--Have we ourselves repented? But have we ever repented? We are not to inquire what other people are doing, and whether many of our neighbors, and relatives, and friends are serving Christ. don’t like, thinking they are being judged for their sins. It takes someone to set things straight! Our youth may have been wasted in soul-defiling excesses, of which we are lamentably ashamed. What is the reason why so few are like the woman of whom we read this day? A murder--a sudden death--a shipwreck, or a railway accident, will completely occupy the minds of a neighborhood, and be in the mouth of every one you meet. If we cannot enjoy a few hours in God's service once a week in this world, it is plain that we could not enjoy an eternity in His service in the world to come. Talk This Way 4. 32:5. But we shall understand it all hereafter. We could not be happy if we reached the kingdom of glory with a heart loving sin. 3. They might as well have tried to stop the tide from flowing, or the sun from rising. To neglect means is fanaticism, and not faith. countries. It might reasonably be expected that there would be more faith, and penitence, and holiness, and godliness in Israel than among the heathen. special sin? holy lives. It has been so since with the African Churches. And now are we fruitful or unfruitful? The axe is lying near the root of many an unfruitful Church. Isaiah 55:6-8. some sort of insurrection. This fact alone should make us give the more earnest heed to the lessons which the parables convey. In a few hundred years, the religion of the despised Nazarene--the religion which began in the upper chamber at Jerusalem--had overrun the civilized world. There was a The words before us, no less than the texts just quoted, are distinct and express. He will say to himself, "Who has made me to differ? But I with others believe that this story also refers to every To the eye of man, the work may appear too great, and the instrument employed quite unequal to it. We are not to go on still in our wickedness, sheltering ourselves under the vain plea that we can do nothing until God draws us. Let the truth before us sink down into our hearts, and bear fruit in our lives. disasters. He may have been a self-righteous Jew, trained to believe that there was no hope for the uncircumcised, and no salvation for any but the children of Abraham. Ironside said, “Repentance is a change in mind which results Psalm It will be so yet with many others, it may be feared, before the end comes. Darrell Bock’s Luke 1:1-9:50 (Baker, 1994) was helpful throughout, particularly in his discussion of the temptations.Bock p. 381-82 is the source for the quote from “a commentator.” another lesson for people to learn as they look at natural and unnatural --He has only to look around him, and compare the ways of the many with the word of God, and he will soon come to the conclusion, if he is an honest man, that the saved are few. "The carnal mind is enmity against God." Its first starting point was a despised corner of the earth, called Judea, a petty tributary province of the vast empire of Rome. There is doubtless deep mystery about it. (Matthew 7:14.) The Lord Jesus is willing to save sinners. Does he hear of worldly men running into every excess of sin? Yet they are often the first steps in the mighty business of conversion. Ironside, Addresses on the Gospel of Luke, (Neptune, If we die impenitent, and without a new heart, we had better never have been born. We should therefore endeavor to leave things to come in God's hands, and not to be over-anxious about health, or family, or money, or plans. All the powers of the world cannot take away my life, until God permits. We see, thirdly, in these verses, a day of dreadful solemnity described. He bade His informants look within, and think of their own state before God. Luke 13:1-9. We must be children of God through the new birth before we can address God as Father and approach Him with our needs. This is what Jesus did in this story. Do our sins cause us any sorrow? Luke 13:1-5 - God's Ageless Ultimatum: The Most Difficult Command. We should study to have a heart "not afraid of evil tidings," but quiet, steady, and trusting in the Lord. The command is express and unmistakable--"Strive to enter in.". And yet these very people dislike talking of their own deaths, and their own prospects in the world beyond the grave. - The common thought was that these men were guilty of some He can heal us thoroughly, and say, "you are loosed from your infirmity. confrontation with one of those leaders. Christ crucified was to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the Greeks foolishness. Without repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, no man can be saved. How many think it a great matter if they attend the public worship of God once on Sunday, and regard a second attendance as a needless excess of zeal akin to fanaticism! It will gradually "leaven the whole lump." Luke 13:31-14:35: Counting the Cost (Preached 10/15/06): audio, text coming soon Luke 14:26 and other Scriptures: The Tragedy of Desiring a Great Family (Preached 5/21/06): text Luke 15: Death and Resurrection to Seek and to Save the Lost (Preached 4/16/06): text , audio coming soon They will even plead earnestly, that "they have eaten and drunk in Christ's presence, and that he has taught in their streets." ... Others came to Jesus trying to trick Him with their questions (eg. Then let us arise and call upon God. He ordered This, after all, is the question that concerns us most. He knew what was coming on Himself, at the time of His crucifixion. it is too late to enter the straight gate. But we are very slow to remember that we are accountable to God for all we enjoy; and that to whomsoever much is given, of them much will be required. We shall reap the fruit of our own choice. Let us learn from this parable never to "despise the day of small things" in religion. It was a sect everywhere spoken against. They were favored with revelations of God, which were granted to no other people. They do not perhaps run into open sin. ", "You mother only We ought to seek to possess a spirit of calm, unshaken confidence about things to come. to perish and face judgment. Browse Sermons on Luke 11:11-13. Few things are so much forgotten by men as the close connection between privilege and responsibility. Go away, all you who do evil." Things were done for them that were never done for Egypt, or Nineveh, or Babylon, or Greece, or Rome. Our Lord Jesus Christ teaches us this lesson by His reply to those who bade Him depart, because Herod would kill Him. (2 Samuel 23:5; Matthew 10:30; Psalms 37:23; Romans 8:28; Hebrews 12:10; John 11:4; 1 Corinthians 3:22. Revelation 11 [1990s] (Chuck Missler) Study ... Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Luke 4:1-13 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "TEMPTATION" Intro: It is God's desire you have fullness of joy, peace, abundant life. never knew them. The moment a man's heart is converted, these pretended difficulties about attending public worship vanish away. special sin towards God. In fact the Lord has not returned yet, in order to give more He addressed these words to the whole company of His hearers. Although these words applied Linked between these two principles lies truth which we must maintain firmly, and never let go. There is a peculiar interest belonging to the two parables contained in these verses. Year after year its adherents became more numerous. Their steps are ordered by the Lord. their parents guilty of something special? It is possible that Jesus was looking forward to the destruction Luke 13:6-7. By some magic he had gotten a copy of the New York Times, dated a year in advance. The Christian who can hear it and not feel sorrow and shame as he looks at the state of Christendom, must be in a very unhealthy state of soul. they can cause physical problems for their new-borns. Those who are excluded Lessons America Learned On September 11, 2001 - Luke 13:1-5 4 Elements That Mark The Last Days - Luke 17:26-27 The Place Of Prayer - Luke 18:1 Let us lay down for ourselves two special rules for the observance of the Sabbath. ( Matthew 7:14.) Believers have a covenant ordered in all things and sure. Reconstructing Your Heart 2. Jesus Wants Loving Obedience Scriptures: Luke 11:1-13 been familiar with Christ, but never born again. Jesus was asked who was guilty, the man or his parents to cause You can also download them as PDF files to store on your hard drive. Have we cried to God about our sins, and sought forgiveness at the throne of grace? Wherefore pitying her affliction, he … ", Let us learn, for another thing, from these verses, how great is the compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ towards sinners. 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!'" (Ezekiel 33:11.) As God convicts us of sin, we need to be ready to repent. This is a mighty principle of the Gospel, and one which severely perplexes narrow-minded and shallow theologians. would be like saying every person killed on 9-11 was guilty of some sort Men’s blood and animals’ blood were shed at the Our journal's history began in 1994 and came to its conclusion in 2016. That touch was accompanied by miraculous healing virtue. We must repent, and we must believe the Gospel. were killed in the process. It forbids nothing that is really necessary to man's comfort. We are told that when our Lord Jesus Christ was asked whether few would be saved, He said, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate." It was a religion which seemed at first so feeble, and helpless, and powerless, that it could not live. The subject is a delicate one, but one which concerns our happiness so much that it deserves consideration. about getting into Heaven if we’ve been truly converted. – What we have here is an unnatural disaster. The pretenders will be rejected. Luke 24:13-32. Browse Sermons on Luke 13:1-5. Let us never forget that our feelings about Sundays are sure tests of the state of our souls. For this we are accountable. They turn from sin and to the Savior. We learn, lastly, from this parable, what an infinite debt we all owe to God's mercy and Christ's intercession. (Job 42:2.) We know not who this woman was. Praying for Your Friends 5. Luke contains about43references to women, four of whom were widows ( Luke 2:36-40; Luke 7:11-15; Luke 18:1-8; Luke 21:1-4). Let us ask ourselves whether there is any work of grace in our own hearts. If we have already repented in time past, let us go on repenting to the end of our lives. When they are afflicted, it is for their profit. righteous cut off? Let us learn from this parable never to despair of any work for Christ, because its first beginnings are feeble and small. The Lord Jesus said it would be so. He will read in the sermon on the mount these solemn words, "Strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads unto life, and few there be that find it." She came sorrowing, and went home rejoicing. It was appointed to promote man's best and highest interests, and not to debar him of anything that is really for his good. not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh 3:14-18, 36. He seized the event, as His manner was, and made a practical use of it. They will be found rich both in prophetical and experimental truths. Pontius Pilate was known for his brutality as the Roman In religion, men are ready to talk of anybody's business rather than their own. Those who are familiar There was a woman, &c.— Jesus happening to preach in one of the synagogues of Perea on a sabbath-day, cast his eyes upon a woman in the congregations, who had not been able to stand upright during the space of eighteen years. Let’s be busy living for the Lord in such a way, that those who We are in the truest sense "a fig tree planted in a vineyard." Reading from the perspective of the bent over woman in Luke 13:10-17 is one such example. This only we know, that when Jesus was "teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath," this woman was there. The tastes of the man are altered. Of course, when a sinner truly repents there is a change. Does he hear of some dreadful crime, or deed of wickedness? The truth here asserted, is one of the foundations of Christianity. Until that work was finished no weapon forged against Him could prosper. The Randy Alcorn quote is from Money, Possessions, and Eternity (Revised and Expanded Edition, Tyndale, 2003), p.5.
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