A JESUS WHO POINTS THE WAY
A Jesus Who Points The Way
We pick up this week in the middle of Luke 13. Duane read the story of Jesus teaching, and healing the people in a synagogue. Using this time in His ministry to point people to the way.
How we find our way in somewhere unfamiliar tends to be the same whether we're trying to find someplace in a new part of town or trying to reach a new landmark in our lives.
What kind of person are you? Are you an ask for directions kind of person, or an "I'll figure it out myself" type of person?
We see in the passage that Jesus took all this time to come down to earth, to meet us and give us directions. Because Jesus knows the way we need to go.
Let's read the passage and discuss:
[Luke 13:10-35 ESV]
10Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.
18He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”
20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”
22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Duane taught about Jesus coming down and pointing us towards 3 things in this passage. Jesus points the way...
TO HEALING (v 10-17)
As Jesus is teaching on the Sabbath He sees a crippled woman in the crowd, calls her over and heals her. This enrages the religious leaders of the day.
What can we learn about Jesus by seeing how He handles the crippled lady here?
What can we learn about Jesus by seeing how he handled the Pharisees here?
Duane pointed us to Luke 6:5 where we're told Jesus came to make the crooked things straight. Not just physically as in the story by spiritually also.
What are some crooked things in your story that you've seen Jesus make straight?
What are the crooked things that happened in your story that you have need to hand to Jesus?
TO GROWTH [v 18-21]
Jesus goes on in His teaching and points the way to growing. He tells some stories to illustrate growth, about a small mustard seed that becomes a great tree, and a small piece of leaven that affects a much greater piece of dough
Why do you think Jesus is sharing these stories with these people?
Duane went on to explain that God is inviting us to grow, and while we often think that it has to be dramatic and quickly, both of these examples illustrate that the growth can start small, stay steady, and over time the growth will be dramatic. Duane brought up 2 Corinthians 3:18 which says we “are being transformed…from one degree of glory to another.”
What are some small things you are doing that have created growth in your life?
What are some things you could be more steady about doing to continue your growth?
TO SAFETY [v 22-35]
Jesus goes on in the story to field a couple questions and tells the people that the way to heaven and safety is narrow and those who go through it will be agonizing to get there.
What do you think Jesus had in mind in v24 that we must "strive" to enter the narrow door?
He goes on to answer that He knows he will be killed, He's actually come to die, so that they can be safe, and He longs to be their safety and protector.
What do we learn about our relationship with Jesus in the word picture from v34 of Him as "the Hen" and us as "the brood"
What does a safe place look like for you physically?
What does a safe place look like for you relationally/emotionally?
How does Jesus make us safe?
Thank God for being our all knowing Father who directs us to healing, to growth, and to safety. Pray for wisdom as we explore where He is healing and growing us. Pray that we would be turning to Jesus for safety, and enjoying His comfort.