This is the Lent 2015 series. We’re reading through Luke, from Jesus overcoming temptation in the desert to His crucifixion and resurrection.
Today we’re reading from the first part of Luke 9, verses 1-27. Jesus sends out the disciples, performs the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Peter declares Jesus the Messiah, and Jesus predicts His death. Tomorrow we’ll complete Luke 9 and read about the Transfiguration, His miracles, and the cost of following Jesus.
Jesus expanded His Ministry and sent the 12 disciples out to share the Gospel and proclaim the Kingdom of God. He gave them the full authority to drive out demons and cure diseases. The disciples took nothing with them, and relied on the kindness of strangers. King Herod hears of the disciples ministry and fears that John the Baptist, whom Herod recently beheaded had come back from the dead, or that Elijah had returned. Miracles upon miracles were happening and Herod was worried.
Loaves and Fishes (Luke 9:10-17)
Jesus and His disciples went to Bethsaida. A crowd of 5000 appeared to hear Jesus preach and witness miracles. As the day went on the disciples suggested that Jesus wrap it up so they could find lodging and food, but Jesus tells the disciples to feed the crowd instead. The disciples had 5 loaves of bread and two fish, scarcely enough food to feed themselves let alone a crowd of 5000. Jesus blessed the fish and bread and there was enough for all 5000 people to eat and 12 baskets left over. Jesus teaches us all to give thanks for what we have and rely on Him for our provision.
Peters declares Jesus is the Messiah (Luke 9:18-20)
Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”
Who do we say He is? Are we living our life so that anyone looking at us could answer the question for us? Do our actions light up the path and show others that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God? What images are we reflecting?
Jesus Predicts His Death (Luke 9:24-27)
Jesus tells the disciples about the suffering that is ahead and of his death. Rather that prevent Jesus suffering, he explains that the disciples should prepare for their own suffering. He tells them to follow the Leader, to take up their crosses and follow him.
We take up our crosses. We invest in our future by storing up treasures in heaven instead of lusting after worldly things and focus on salvation and the health of our souls.
Take up your cross, and tell the world through your actions who He is.
You’re the Son of the Living God
The peace to calm the storm in us
Th joy that can heal the broken world. -Lyrics from “Son of the Living God” by Citipointe