A JESUS WHO MANY DON'T GET
A Jesus Who Many Don't Get
Discuss: A Jesus Who Many Don't Get - Luke 9: 43-52
Duane was back in the saddle this week to teach us about a "A Jesus Who Many Don't Get." To set the table for the talk he listed off a few things he didn't "get". Things like: bringing an umbrella to the beach (to block out that sweet sweet sun), why God created rats, and punny jokes.
What are some popular things that you just don't "get"?
Let's read through the passage and learn a bit about the kind of people who had a chance, but just didn't get Jesus.
43 And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, 44 "Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men." 45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
46 An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47 But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side 48 and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great."
49 John answered, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us." 50 But Jesus said to him, "Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you."
51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 And they went on to another village.
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." 58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." 59 To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 60 And Jesus said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." 61 Yet another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home." 62 Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." [Luke 9: 43-62]
There is a lot to unpack in this passage. But first -
Did you have something that stuck out to you in this passage? Questions? Favorite parts? Confusing parts?
Duane wanted to highlight how people miss Jesus in 3 ways.
Missing Jesus' Purpose
Missing Jesus' Passion
Missing Jesus' Person
MISSING JESUS' PURPOSE
Jesus' ministry was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. He was healing people, feeding people, meeting with Elijah and Moses on top of a mountain. It was full of power. His disciples had been able to witness that power firsthand and their plans for that power did not always line up with God's plans. They thought He would save them from earthly oppression, poverty, humiliation, disease, and work.
What do you find yourself wanting Jesus to save you from?
Duane pointed out that anytime we get our eyes off the cross we miss Jesus' purpose in the world. Jesus came to save us from God's wrath. He tells the disciples in v 22 He is here to die. He came to settle our account so that we can enjoy fellowship with our creator again.
What does that fellowship offer us? If the disciples knew what they were gaining by Jesus' death how do you think they would have responded?
MISSING JESUS' PASSION
A few of the disciples get into an argument about who is the greatest.
What sorts of reasons do you think the disciples were giving to prove they were "great?"
Duane highlighted the fact they were arguing. They had passion about this idea; unfortunately this idea was all about them. They had placed themselves on the throne of their heart and wanted the glory they felt due.
Is passion a good trait? Can God use it?
Jesus gets into the discussion and recognizing why they were really arguing, informs them that "he who is least among you all is the one who is great"
What do you think Jesus meant by that? How would you explain it to a friend?
The disciples then discuss with Jesus how they are upset because another group has been also performing miracles in Jesus name.
Why was that upsetting to disciples?
Jesus puts a kibosh on that, explaining to them "Do not stop them, for the one who is not against you is for you" [v50] It can be tempting to look at other churches as competitors.
How is your attitude towards other churches? Do you feel jealous? Judgmental? Excited? Apathetic?
MISSING JESUS' PERSON
Finally in this passage Doctor Luke reports about 3 different people who come up to Jesus and "apply" to follow Him.
The first turns away when He finds that Jesus has no earthly benefit to share. The second changes his mind when Jesus asks him be a priority above his family. The third decides not to follow after Jesus denies him the opportunity to brag to his friends and family about how he is going on the road with Jesus.
Which of the 3 do you most often find yourself empathizing with?
Do you ever want more stuff, a bigger house, more money?
Do you ever put off spiritual things for your family?
Do you ever care more about what other people think than what God thinks?
Duane then pointed to the good news: Jesus knows we don't have what it takes to follow Him perfectly.
These stories were recorded to give us hope that we can learn, and fail yet still have hope in the Gospel.
Pray with your CG to remove yourself from the throne of your heart, that we would keep our eyes on the cross, and be able to follow Jesus before all others.