The Twelve Apostles were Chosen.
(Read Luke 6:1-19)
In the Old Testament, God had instructed Israel to rest on the Sabbath day. It was given to rest and to reflect on God’s faithfulness. Religious leaders focused on its external observation rather than the internal motives of the heart. They continued in the Sabbath controversy to destroy Jesus. The two Sabbath stories warn against the human tendency to misuse the Sabbath for selfish purposes. The gospel teaches us not to live according to man made rules but by faith. Jesus healed a man with a deformed right hand on Sabbath. Pharisees criticized him for healing on Sabbath. Jesus shows that Christian living requires compassion toward those in need. God is not pleased with heartless obedience. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. Read notes on Matthew 12:1-8. From the large company of disciples, Jesus selected twelve apostles (Mat 10:2-4). The names of the apostles are given in verses 14-16. Jesus’ healing ministry was extensive. Unlike modern-day healers, Jesus healed all who came to him.
The Sermon on the Mount.
(Read Luke 6:20-46)
This sermon is parallel to the Beatitudes given in Matthew 5-7. This is God’s vision of his people. Only the gospel of God brings blessings and wholeness in this fallen world. But in this fallen world this blessedness often looks like poverty, hunger, weeping and persecution (Luke 6:23; James 1:2-4). Christians should rejoice in trials because they prepare them for the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22). Jesus commanded us to love our enemies. Few things are more difficult than loving our enemies. The gospel alone teaches this great truth (Luke 6:35). We must be merciful as our Father in heaven is merciful (Psalms 103:13-14). Jesus spoke extensively about money. All our material possession belongs to God and we are only caretakers. Only the cheerful giver knows the joy of giving. God blesses us with more wealth when we give more generously. It is human nature to see our brother’s faults while overlooking our own. We must correct our own fault before we correct the faults of others. The fruits resemble the inward qualities of the tree. Our speech is the barometer of our spiritual condition (Luke 6:45). Christians should avoid anger, bitterness, and irritation. A transformed life will reflect joy, sympathy and love. Jesus said to the professing followers “Why do you call me “Lord, Lord”, and do not do the things which I say”. Those who love Jesus will obey his commandments (John 14:15). Pray that Gold would help you to turn away from your old way of life and live in total surrender to Jesus.
Build on the Solid Foundation:
(Read Luke 6:47-49)
Jesus explains the difference between those who listen his teaching and obey them. They are like one who built the house on the rock and not on the sand. They may look similar in many respects. The only thing that set them apart was their foundation. When the storms of life hit us, the true foundation will be revealed. Many people hear the word of God but fail to obey. When God changes our hearts he gives us a desire for obedience and strengthens us to live in his ways. Only those who build their lives on the foundation of Christ will be preserved through the trials. Such person will be able to withstand even in the most of severe tempest because he is grounded in the teachings of the Lord. On which foundation are you building your Christian life? Read notes on Matthew 7:24-27.