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June 23: Luke 9:37-62

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Today's Passage: Luke 9:37-62 (NLT)

37 The next day, after they had come down the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus. 38 A man in the crowd called out to him, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, my only child. 39 An evil spirit keeps seizing him, making him scream. It throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It batters him and hardly ever leaves him alone. 40 I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit, but they couldn’t do it.”

41 Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you and put up with you?” Then he said to the man, “Bring your son here.”

42 As the boy came forward, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a violent convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evilspirit and healed the boy. Then he gave him back to his father. 43 Awe gripped the people as they saw this majestic display of God’s power.

Jesus Again Predicts His Death

While everyone was marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples,44 “Listen to me and remember what I say. The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies.” 45 But they didn’t know what he meant. Its significance was hidden from them, so they couldn’t understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

The Greatest in the Kingdom

46 Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest. 47 But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little child to his side. 48 Then he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.”

Using the Name of Jesus

49 John said to Jesus, “Master, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he isn’t in our group.”

50 But Jesus said, “Don’t stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you.”

Opposition from Samaritans

51 As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.52 He sent messengers ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival. 53 But the people of the village did not welcome Jesus because he was on his way to Jerusalem.54 When James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 So they went on to another village.

The Cost of Following Jesus

57 As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”

59 He said to another person, “Come, follow me.”

The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.”

60 But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.”

61 Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.”

62 But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

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V. 57
As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, "I will follow you wherever you go."
Observation
For someone to speak up not requiring to be pushed to do it. The faith and beliefs this person had.
Application
Walking with Jesus does not only require faith and to believe, but to LOVE Jesus with all your heart. Walking with Jesus and to have faith and strong beliefs is just the start of the amazing blessing that lay ahead
Prayer
Lord, Please keep me strong in my faith and to always remember follow you wherever you go. Help me to stay strong and invisible carrying your Armour.
Following Jesus, even then people had “one more” thing to do before following him. Nothing has changed all that much. Kinda like when people are wanting to go to church but they’ll start going “next” Sunday, it’s like me and exercise I’ll get around to it, I don’t make it a priority. Jesus wants us to make him top priority and follow him, not always an easy road with its ups and downs, but knowing Jesus is there we can make it through.

Lord, lead us to you more and more everyday, let us see the light to make you the top priority. Amen.
SCRIPTURE

37 The next day, after they had come down the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus. 38 A man in the crowd called out to him, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, my only child. 39 An evil spirit keeps seizing him, making him scream. It throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It batters him and hardly ever leaves him alone. 40 I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit, but they couldn’t do it.”
41 Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you and put up with you?” Then he said to the man, “Bring your son here.”

OBSERVATION

This was a powerful demon possessing the boy. Mark speaks of the boy being possessed since he was little. Both Mark and Matthew mention the disciples asking Jesus why they could not cast out this particular demon. Jesus answered that they didn’t have enough faith and this kind could only be cast out by prayer. This explains the frustration Jesus showed in verse 41. Even the disciples were still lacking faith after witnessing so many miracles. Jesus reminds them that true faith, even as small as a mustard seed can move mountains.

PRAYER

Lord, I believe and have faith, but I still need Your help to overcome my disbelief. I want to move mountains for Your kingdom. I’m building my faith every day by walking with You. Please reveal where my weaknesses impede my faith and show me how to strengthen my belief. In Jesus’ name, amen.
OBSERVATION
Jesus had come down from the mountain where he had met with Elijah and Moses only to find his disciples powerless and unprepared for what he’d been training them to do. Jesus went from an environment of perfect peace to utter chaos in a matter of moments.
APPLICATION
Walking with Jesus isn’t always a mountain top experience. It is quite often when we have the most beautiful spiritual experience that we walk straight into fire. What’s the answer? Faith like a child. Learning to trust our heavenly father in every circumstance. It’s easy to have faith on the mountain tops of life. But faith is built in the valleys of life.
PRAYER
Father, help me to have a child-like faith. A faith that says, “My Dad can do anything”. Help me to trust you in the valleys of life. May I never think I’m big enough to handle it. May I always depend on you.

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