Christians are people who have chosen to believe in Jesus. They are also people who have chosen to accept the mission Jesus has given them. Believing in Jesus brings them into a new level of existence, characterized by knowing God, by being loved by God, and by loving him. In short, it introduces them to … Continue reading The threefold mission
In chapters 9 and 10 of Luke’s gospel are recorded the first ever “calls to mission,” when Jesus sent out his disciples to do his work. I am reminded of the opening challenge of the Mission Impossible films: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is this…” Luke records it like this: One day … Continue reading Mission: core or elective?
A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, having spent everything she had on doctors, and she could find no cure. Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole … Continue reading Hidden
Then a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come home with him. His only daughter, who was about twelve years old, was dying. Luke 8:41-42 NLT As a doctor, when I read an account like this I can’t help wondering what the … Continue reading Faith
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” Luke 7:9 NLT Imagine having Jesus say something like that about you. The greatest faith in Israel? Isn’t this the kind of affirmation so many of … Continue reading The affirmation of God
A Roman officer, a poor widow, a spiritual leader, a Pharisee, a prostitute: in one chapter Jesus encounters each of these. It is a broad cross section of society, and it is interesting to see how Jesus reacts to and treats each one of them. Often when I read the New Testament I find myself … Continue reading Encounters: Luke 7
They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed. Luke 6:18 Healing and deliverance Why are people drawn to Jesus? This verse answers that question and in so doing says something about human need. We long to hear Jesus because we need an … Continue reading To hear and be healed
I have been reading the story of the paralysed man whose friends brought him to Jesus (Luke 5:17-26), and how Jesus surprised everyone by forgiving him (usually, it would seem, he simply healed people and sent them on their way). The man hadn’t even asked for forgiveness. Jesus’ words caused a stir. But perhaps not for … Continue reading Which is easier?
Luke 5:18-20 NIV Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles … Continue reading Sin and sickness
Luke 4:38-39 NIV Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. Recently … Continue reading Angry about illness