NTB-3-LUKE-3 - Jesus, the Ideal Man (part 3)
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“Luke: Lesson 3”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
“In answer to those who came looking for Jesus, Jesus said ‘Did you
not know I must be about my father's business?’” Luke 2:49.
Welcome to our study of the gospel of Luke.
As we think now about the book of Luke, in this third lesson in the
book of Luke, Luke chapter 9 Jesus now gets to the heart and core of what
real Christianity is all about.
Ask yourself this: What does it mean to be a Christian? What does it
mean to follow Jesus every day? On a daily, practical, every day, and
relevant level-what does Jesus expect of me and you?
Let's notice those words from Luke 9:23. “Then He said to them all, ‘if
anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross
daily, and follow me.’”
We talk about practical Christianity it doesn't get any more practical
than this. Inside these words of Jesus there are three requirements to really
follow Jesus. First you've got to have that desire meaning you have got to
want to. John 7:17, “If anyone wants to do his will he shall know concerning
the doctrine.” You've got to have a desire to please God and to do what He
wants more than anything else. Like Paul, we've got to be willing to say
“Lord what would you have me to do?” Acts 9:6. Like Samuel, 1 Samuel
chapters 1 through 3 Samuel said “Lord speak.” That's the attitude! “Here
am I. Send me!” Isaiah 9. Do we really have that desire that more than
anything we want to please God and go to heaven?
Then you have got to be willing to deny self. “If any man desires to
come after me, let him deny himself.” There's the hard part. There's the
challenge. It is what keeps a lot of people from really making that 100%
commitment to Jesus Christ. We've got to realize when we obey the
gospel; it is no longer about us. The old man died, and the new man has
been raised to put God's will first.
Do you remember Romans 12:1-2? Paul said “I beg you by the
mercies of God;” listen to this “that you present your bodies a living
sacrifice holy and acceptable to God which is your reasonable service. And
do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed.” How? “By the
renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of God.” How is my life to be viewed? “Present
your bodies a living sacrifice.”
What in the world is a living sacrifice? Paul further elaborates on this
in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. He says “Do you not know that your body is a
temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you whom you have from God?” Listen
now, “and you are not your own.” What do you mean? “You were bought at
a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are His.”
We are not our own. When Christ paid the ultimate price, His blood Acts
20:28 purchased me back to God. Then, I submitted 100% allegiance to
Paul gives us another perfect illustration of this. Galatians 2:20 Paul
said “I had been crucified with Christ no longer I who live Christ lives in me.
The life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God who
loved me and gave himself for me.” Friend are we really ready to have that
desire? Are we really willing to deny self? And then, will we do what's
necessary daily? “Take up your cross daily and follow me.”
Will we take up the Christian strength and weaknesses and all that
the shame that we may have to bear? Will we take up what Christianity
really means? Will we follow Jesus each and every day? This is the
challenge: to take up the cross. That symbol of what Christ and Christianity
represents and up get in line behind Jesus and follow Him every day. Paul
said “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” Acts 4:13 we learn of Christians that
people around them realized they'd been with Jesus, Acts 4:13. Peter
records in 1 Peter 2:21 “For to this were you called, because Christ also
suffered died leaving us an example that we should follow in His footsteps.”
As we think about following in the footsteps of Jesus an illustration is
given Luke chapter 9 of the need to keep looking the right way, keep going
in the right direction, and not turn back. Notice Luke 9:62. The Scripture
says “But Jesus said to him ‘No one having put his hand to the plow and
looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.’”
What's it like when I take up Christian and obey the gospel? What's
my life to be like? Like this illustration. Like a man out in the field who's
plowing. He puts his hand of the plow, and he keeps looking at a focal point
ahead. He makes a straight row in the right direction.
Let me give you an illustration of why this is important. I was raised
on a small farm in east Texas. We had cattle, and one of the things that we
did every year was to cut hay. I always thought that was a neat process. I
always want to help my dad. When I was probably 11 or 12 years old just
starting learned to drive a pickup truck, I remember we had a hay rake that
operated stuff off a belt on the wheels. You could pull it behind a truck. I
thought ‘Boy that would be neat to do! I could do a great job!’ Like the
persistent widow, I kept after my dad until he finally gave in and decided let
me try that. I thought, ‘I’m going to do the best job I can. I will give great
attention to detail.’ I got behind the wheel the truck, and I'm raking that hay
row. I remember every little bit I'd look back just to make sure I would do a
great job. When I got to the end of that Hay row, it was as crooked as a
dog’s hind leg! Why?
Looking back makes crooked roads. Looking back makes crooked
Christians. You cannot give 100% to God and look back. You don't believe
that? Ask Lot’s wife.
Luke 17 these little words will echo forever: “Remember Lot’s wife.”
What about Lot’s wife? Who was she? Lot and his family left Sodom and
Gomorrah that wicked and evil place. They got out of there. God told him to
leave. God helped them get out through His messengers, but Lot’s wife had
to have just one little look back. She turned to a pillar of salt right there.
Don't look back. Once you become a Christian, leave that behind. “If
then you were raised with Christ seek the things which are above,”
Colossians 3:1. “Be faithful unto death,” Revelation 2:10.
Let's now turn our attention to a very interesting scene about really
putting God first in Luke 10:38-42. Notice this with me for just a moment.
Here's a Mary or a Martha type of individual. The Bible says that Jesus
entered a certain village and a certain woman named Martha welcomed
Him into her house. She had a sister called Mary who also sat at Jesus feet
and heard His word. Martha was distracted with much serving. She
approached Him and ‘Lord do you not care that my sister has left me to
serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’ And Jesus answered and said
to her “Martha, Martha you're worried and troubled about many things but
one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part which will not be
taken away from her.”
When you think here about these two women, two sisters Mary and
Martha, both were doing good things. Service is good. We’re called to be
servants, Mark 10:45. Sitting at the feet of Jesus is good, and so it's not as
though one is good and one is bad. It's-which one is better? Which one
ought to come first? I can't believe the mindset of Martha here. Jesus
comes to the house and no doubt she wants everything to be straightened
up. She wants to have something to serve Jesus and something to give
Him. She's distracted. She's busy with all this service. Mary sat at the feet
of Jesus learning. Martha has the gall to say to Jesus ‘Lord can't you see
I'm busy with all the serving? My sister is just sitting here.’ She says ‘tell her
to get up and help me.’ Listen to the words of Jesus, “Martha, Martha
you're worried and distracted about many things,” here it is “one thing is
needed. Mary had chosen that good part which cannot be taken away from
We think about things of utmost importance. What's really important?
It's serving God. However-studying about God, and learning who He is,
coming to a knowledge of His truth, and obeying the gospel is more
important. Sometimes in life it's easy to get distracted with jobs, family,
recreation, and the day-to-day things we have to deal with. Those can
distract us from what's really important. What's really important? My soul
and your soul. One day each of us is going to give an account to God of
himself, Romans 14:12. One day I will stand before the Almighty throne of
God, books will be open, and I'll give an account based on the things I've
done in this life, Revelation 20:12-15. If I don't think about that soberly,
seriously, and make it my main priority- friend there's a chance a real
chance that all this distraction can keep me from doing what God wants me
to do. So what's most important? Studying at the feet of Jesus. What's
most important? Learning of Him and learning how to get right and live like
Jesus wants me to live. I need to know His will and put it first in each and
every day in my life.
Learning from Jesus is the most important thing and a great example
of that is seen in Luke 11:1. They come to Jesus, and they say in Luke 11:1
these powerful words “Lord teach us to pray as John also told his disciples
Now we want to focus on the idea of prayer in just a moment, but I
want you to hear these words carefully. This is the mindset and this is the
motivation every child of God needs: ‘Lord teach us.’ There's the idea. It's
not ‘Lord I've got it figured out,’ or ‘Lord I think I know were or this is what I
ought to do.’ No, the mindset of humility and submission is- we don't know.
We’re not right. You're right. ‘Lord teach us.’ If more people had that as
their mentality, wouldn’t they then approach the Bible differently- with the
mindset of being ready to learn? 1 Peter 3:15. Ready to study, 2 Timothy
2:15. Ready to search the Scriptures each and every day, Acts 17:11. You
realize the request was ‘Lord teach us to pray.’
Prayer is not something that I innately know how to do. I am not born
knowing how to pray. It is a learned trait. I learn of God in the Bible how to
pray. Pray that God's will be done, Matthew 26. Pray in the name of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, John chapter 14 and 15 clearly illustrate that
idea. All should pray that God will use me in His kingdom to reach the lost
and to do as much good as I can in each and every way.
Friend let's think about another man that we've mentioned previously
and that is the rich fool. Luke 12:15-21 the Scripture records “And Jesus
said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does
not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’” Here is how He
is going to illustrate it. He spoke a parable to them saying, “The ground of a
certain made rich man yielded plentifully. He thought within himself saying
‘what shall I do since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said ‘I’ll do
this, I'll pull down my barns and build greater and there I'll store all my
crops in my goods. And I'll say to my soul ‘soul you've done good. You
have many goods laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be
merry.’ God said to him ‘Fool this night your soul will be required of you.
Then whose things will those be which you provided? So is he who lays up
treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.’” Look at this foolish man.
There’s nothing wrong with his business ventures. He had a great crop
year. There’s nothing wrong with that. You can understand he might have
to at times build a bigger part of his barn. What's the problem?
That man in all his farming and business ventures forgot to take care
of the one important thing above all else. “This night your soul will be
required of you.” This man failed miserably, because he didn't think about
is most important possession. He's thinking about possessions like crops
and barns and things of that nature. What about the most important
possession, his soul? He failed miserably to ever consider it. He was lost
eternally. “So is he who lays up treasure for himself but is not rich toward
Don't let the cares, pleasures, and things of this world get in the way
of your eternal soul. “Adulterers and adulteresses, do you not know
friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore desires to
be a friend of the world makes himself God's enemy.” Let's not let the lust
of the flesh, lust the eyes, the pride of life, 1 John 2:15-17, get in the way of
each of us putting God first and going to heaven.
You know to really make the change that I need to make, that every
individual needs to make in his life, true repentance is required. Jesus
illustrates the need for every person to do that in Luke 13:1-5. As we study
the gospel of Luke, and as you think about the gospel in general,
repentance is one of the key ideas. Notice what Jesus says about that in
Luke 13:1. The Scripture records “There were present at that season some
who told Jesus about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with
their sacrifices, and Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Do you suppose
that these Galileans were worse sinners than all of the Galileans because
they suffered such things? I tell you no. But unless you repent, you will all
likewise perish. For those 18 whom the tower in Siloam falling and killed
them, do you think they were worse sinners than all other man who dwelt in
Jerusalem? I tell you no. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
What's the problem here? People, like people sometimes do, were
looking at others and their sin to justify themselves. Jesus, knowing what's
within man, John 2:25, knows what they're thinking. He says ‘What about
these Galileans, these Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with their
sacrifice?’ Meaning pilot killed them. He mingled their own blood with the
blood of the sacrifice at that time. Pilate did that because they died giving
sacrifice to God. ‘Do you suppose they were worse than all other
Galileans?’ One might be prone to think that. Here are these people, and
Pilate mingled their blood with the blood of their own sacrifices. Wonder
what they did to deserve that? What about this tragedy that struck 18
people walking down the road in Siloam? A tower falls on them out of
nowhere. Wasn't that the vengeance? God, weren’t You in Your own way
crushing those ungodly people for their ungodly acts? These Galileans,
these 18 people- they more must've been worse than all other people.
“I tell you no. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
What's Jesus saying?
Stop focusing on these Galileans, stop focusing on these 18 people
who were walking down the road in Siloam, and start focusing on yourself.
The thing about power the gospel is it needs to reach me first. I need to let
God's word prick my heart, Acts 2:37. Instead of looking around and
saying, ‘They're doing this, and they're doing that. They go to church, and
they do this.’ Cut all that out. Think about ourselves. We must repent to be
right with God. I've got a turn from sin, Acts 3:19. I've got a change my way
of thinking, Luke 3:6. I've got a change my way of acting. I've got to live
according to the will of Almighty God in every way.
Now in Luke 14, hand-in-hand with this idea repentance is the
humility we need to make that change. Look at how Jesus expects us to
humble ourselves and repent. Luke 14:11 the Scripture says “For whoever
exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be
exalted.” Unlike these people in Luke 13, I need the ability not to try to exalt
myself over others. I should humble myself.
What happens to the man who exalts himself? He will be humbled.
How is that? Philippians 2:8-9, “All will one day have to confess with their
mouth to the glory of God that Jesus is the Christ.” There's a day coming
when all men will be humbled at the feet of Jesus. What about the other
side of that coin? “Whoever humbles himself will one day be exalted.” He'll
get to live in heaven with God forever.
Now a lot of the times though, in cases like these, people throw out
excuses. ‘Well I can't do that because this. Or I would repent, or I can't
really follow Jesus because.’
In Luke 14 Jesus deals with excuses. Luke 14:18 “But they all with
one accord began to make excuses.” The background is that Jesus has
made that great invitation call. The illustration is the master has said ‘Come
to the supper.’ One man said ‘I can’t come because I bought a piece of
property, and I need to go look at it.’ Another man said he can’t come
because he bought oxen and needed to test them. The most foolish of all
the land says ‘I just married a wife and I can’t come to the supper.’ I know
it's the most foolish of all because how many newlyweds can afford to miss
a free meal? I couldn't. You probably couldn’t either. These are all excuses.
Jesus knows that. He says, “They all with one accord began to make
My excuses, your excuses, our excuses won't work on the Day of
Judgment. If I'm unwilling to sit at the feet of Jesus, like Mary, if like the rich
fool I don't take care my soul and I say ‘Lord but I was busy serving. Or
Lord I was busy farming.’ Or what if I say ‘Well Lord I never obeyed the
gospel because so-and-so to the church there and he's as ungodly as
anybody.’ How well those excuses work on the Day of Judgment?
Friend they won't work. Jesus said “The all with one accord began to
make excuses.” The master in that scene was greatly upset. I'll assure you
on the Day of Judgment Jesus will not accept our excuses. Those excuses
will cause us to be lost.
Now as we think about the joy of turning our life over to God, Luke 15
illustrates that in a very vivid and beautiful way. Luke 15 we refer to as the
4 lost things. You've got: the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the two lost
sons. You remember the lost coin. The woman with the lost the coin swept
her whole house till she found it. She rejoiced greatly. The lost sheep- the
100 sheep. He left the 99 behind and went and found one sheep and called
his friends. There was great rejoicing over that one sheep. The prodigal
son goes away. He is out in the far land. His brother is upset at home when
he comes back, because the father wants to receive him. You’ve got two
lost sons there. One is lost because prodical living. One is lost over
jealousy. Look at the rejoicing that goes on there.
Friend there's a passage want you to think about in Luke 15:10. How
does God feel about someone who repents?
The Bible says “Likewise,” this is Jesus speaking, “likewise I say to
you there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who
repents.” How does heaven feel when somebody turns their life around and
gives it to God? There's rejoicing. The angels in heaven rejoice. That's how
God feels! It is not a sad moment. It's not embarrassing. It’s not anything to
be embarrassed by- rather if heaven rejoices, how we ought to rejoice as
Luke 16:19-31 teaches there only two choices. The rich man and
Lazarus- the rich man made bad decisions in this life. He went to hell on
the other side, went to torment. Lazarus, that poor beggar that didn’t have
anything in this life, he had God though. He went to Paradise.
It's real important that we make sure we put our life right first. As you
think today about your own life, as you think today about serving God,
about putting Him first, about not making excuses, about the joy of
repentance and living for God, friend let's realize that eternity truly makes it
all worth it.
Have you really thought soberly and seriously about your own soul?
Don't let the busyness of this life and distractions in the world take first
Your soul is the most important possession you have. Long after this
old world is gone your soul will abide somewhere forever. You have the
power now with God's grace and plan of salvation you have the power to
do something about that. Will you do something today?
We want you to know today that God loves you deeply. We love you.
We want you to go to heaven. Won't you obey the gospel? In Acts 2 they
heard the word. When they believed the message, they cried out ‘Men and
brethren what shall we do?’
The answer was “Repent and be baptized for the remission of your
If you've heard the message, if you believe in Jesus, if you're willing
to repent and turn from sin, would you be baptized for the remission of your
sins today? Acts 2:38.
If you've all done all that then friend our encouragement to you is take
up your cross daily and follow Jesus Christ.
We hope you'll join us again as we think more about the gospel of
Christ and God's plan for mankind recorded in the Gospel of Luke.
Study Questions for: “Luke: Lesson 3”
1. According to Luke 9:23, what does Jesus expect us to do daily?
2. What are the 3 requirements listed to follow Jesus in Luke 9:23?
3. What does John 7:17 say about those who desire to follow Jesus?
4. What does Paul ask in Acts 9:6?
5. What does Samuel ask the Lord to do in 1 Samuel chapters 1-3?
6. According to Romans 12:1-2, how shall we live?
7. What should we not conform to according to Romans 12:2?
8. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, how are our bodies a living
9. What did Christ purchase us with according to Acts 20:28?
10. According to 1 Peter 2:21, what were we called to do?