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‘Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!”’ (Luke 23:42 HCSB).

April 27, 2021

WHICH SIDE OF THE CROSS ARE YOU ON? In the gospel of Luke, it is recorded that Jesus was crucified between two criminals, one on either side. In the crowd watching the crucifixion were certain Jewish leaders who sneered at Jesus saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ.” The

“He went out and made His way as usual to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed Him” (Luke 22:39 HCSB).

April 25, 2021

LEARNING TO FOLLOW CHRIST’S HABIT OF PRAYER On the night that Jesus would be betrayed, He went out “as usual” to the Mount of Olives to pray. On this unusual evening, Jesus followed His usual habit: He prayed on the mountain. And His disciples followed Him. Yet, rather than praying, they slept. For they were

“Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail” (Luke 22:31-32 HCSB).

April 24, 2021

WHEN THE LORD REPEATS YOUR NAME The Lord addressed him as, “Simon, Simon,” not as “Peter,” for he wouldn’t live up to his new God-given name, which meant “the rock,” until after Christ’s resurrection. Simon Peter tried, but in his flesh he had no power to live up to the new name Jesus had given

“He looked up and saw the rich dropping their offerings into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow dropping in two tiny coins” (Luke 21:1-2 HCSB).

April 22, 2021

LOVE AND GIVING ARE CONNECTED As Jesus watched the people putting their gifts into the Temple offering, He offered several insights. One insight is that God sees our giving. He watches over our giving, looking to see who is generous and who is not. Another insight is that God sees the proportion of our giving.

“David calls Him ‘Lord’; how then can the Messiah be his Son?” (Luke 20:44 HCSB).

April 21, 2021

THE DIVINITY AND PREEXISTENCE OF CHRIST Jesus asked the Jewish leaders this question not to suggest that the Messiah wouldn’t be born into the line of David, but rather to show them that he would be the Son of God. It was a well known doctrine among the Jews that the Messiah would be born

“They were not able to catch Him in what He said in public, and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.” (Luke 20:26 NLT).

April 20, 2021

SILENT AND AMAZED AT JESUS The Jewish leaders sent spies to entrap Jesus with what they thought was an unanswerable question. They asked Jesus, “Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” They had carefully crafted the politically charged question, so that if he answered in the positive, he would offend

“What do you want Me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41 HCSB).

April 17, 2021

THE CURRENCY OF THE KINGDOM IS ASKING When a blind man begging on the roadside near Jericho heard that Jesus was passing by, he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” When Jesus heard him, he commanded that the blind man be brought to Him. Jesus asked, “What do you want Me

“For you see, the kingdom of God is among you.” (Luke 17:21 HCSB).

April 15, 2021

WHERE IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD? Where is the kingdom of God? And when will it come? The Pharisees asked Jesus to show them the kingdom. But He warned them that it was not yet something they could observe. They were looking for the outward evidence of pomp and power from a conquering king, while

“If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead” (Luke 16:31 HCSB).

April 14, 2021

NOT MORE PROOF, BUT LESS PRIDE This was Abraham’s response to the rich man who while in torment in Hades begged for Lazarus to return to warn his brothers of the reality of heaven and hell. This dialogue was the conclusion to a story that Jesus told to illustrate the way people would refuse to

“When he came to his senses” (Luke 15:17 HCSB).

April 12, 2021

WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR YOU TO COME TO YOUR SENSES? Jesus told a parable about a father and two sons. The younger one was rebellious and took his portion of his father’s wealth and squandered it in riotous living. When his money had run out, a famine came, and he took a job feeding