THE JESUS WHO PROVIDES
The Jesus Who Provides
Picking up our Luke study this week after Easter, we look at the back half of Luke 18. A couple weeks ago we covered how Jesus taught about prayer through the parables of The Persistent Widow and The Pharisee and Tax Collector, this week we see Jesus teaching turn towards faith.
This is one of the passages in the Bible that suggests we should have "faith like a child" about God and His work.
What was something fun/silly you believed as a child that you wish was true?
Let's read the passage:
15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
18 And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'" 21 And he said, "All these I have kept from my youth." 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 24 Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, "How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." 26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" 27 But he said, "What is impossible with man is possible with God." 28 And Peter said, "See, we have left our homes and followed you." 29 And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life."
31 And taking the twelve, he said to them, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32 For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. 33 And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise." 34 But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." 38 And he cried out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me recover my sight." 42 And Jesus said to him, "Recover your sight; your faith has made you well." 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Pastor Duane had 3 ideas that all sought to point out that God provides for what we long for and need.
KID FAITH (v 15-17)
Jesus was becoming an important person, and his disciples didn't want Him to have to deal with unimportant things like kids. Like many things in life Jesus turns it upside down by explaining how important the kids are and the Disciples should be more like them.
What does Jesus mean here when he says "receive the Kingdom of God like a child?"
What are some things that glom onto our simple faith unnecessarily complicating it?
RICH FAITH (v 18-30)
Jesus then takes a question from the crowd, another trick question from a rich young man who asked Jesus what he needs to do to earn the inheritance of eternal life. Jesus tells him to sell all of his stuff to earn eternal life, bringing the young man to tears because he could not stand the though of losing his stuff.
Why do you think Jesus told him to sell all of his things? Does Jesus not want his followers to own anything?
What is something that you have a hard time leaving for God?
The disciples then look around so proud that they did leave all their physical goods for Jesus. They think they've completely checked the box to assure themselves eternal life.
What is something that we do now that gives us the self satisfaction that maybe we've checked that eternal life box?
How can we remind ourselves to look to God for eternal life, instead of continually trying to earn it?
Jesus then tells His disciples exactly why He is here, and how He will die. They don't get it. At all. They can't see any other way for this to end, they have a blind faith that Jesus is going to overthrow the government, lead a revolution, and together they will rule the world. They faith is blindly placed into their own plan for Jesus work.
What was a time where you wanted to God to do something your way, and He didn't? Where was your faith?
They then move onto a literal blind man full of faith. After a chapter full of encounters with people trying to tell Jesus why they should be allowed in His kingdom, this man is different in his approach and as a result Jesus restores him.
Why do you think Jesus asked the blind man "What do you want me to do for you?"
What are some things about the blind man that were different from the disciples and the rich young man?
In Jesus time, this man was unimportant and expendable, even more so than the children from earlier. Yet Jesus engaged and later died for Him.
Who is unimportant in your life that you need to engage and show love towards?
Pray with your group for a child like faith, a faith that powered by a love for God that overshadows all earthly things and a faith that believes in God for our restoration.