Set Your Mind on Christ Challenge – Day 6

Well, the challenge has come to an end. I hope it was as refreshing for your heart as it was for mine. And, if you made it all the way through, congratulations! Be sure to leave your comments on what you learned today (Luke 22-24), as well as from this whole experience.

Observations:

  • Jesus does not see any conflict between the absolute sovereignty of God that determines things to take place and the human responsibility of people to do what is right (22:22).
  • At the very end of his ministry, Jesus is still teaching his disciples that greatness in his kingdom is defined differently than the world. They, like us, seem to be slow learners (22:26). [This is also an encouragement in ministry that you need to say the same things over and over and it will take many people a long time to get it]
  • Jesus has obvious love for his disciples (22:28-30, 32).
  • Jesus’ death is a fulfillment of Scripture and prophecy (22:37).
  • Jesus surrenders to his Father’s will (22:42).
  • Even those who are strongest and closest to Jesus will still have times of profound failure (22:60-62).
  • Jesus, the true King of Kings, is mocked as though he weren’t king at all. Ironic (23:11).
  • Jesus was not guilty (23:22).
  • Jesus is willing to forgive even those who are unjustly killing him (23:34).
  • Grace is amazing, undeserved, and available to even the most surprising people (23:39-43).
  • Jesus saw the whole of Scripture pointing to himself (24:27) [Wouldn’t you love to have a recording of that conversation?!?!]
  • Jesus rose with a real, tangible, able-to-eat-fish, physical body (24:39-43).
  • Jesus sends his people out with a message: “repentance and forgiveness of sins” (24:47).

How would I be different if this truth were explosively alive in my innermost being?

  • I would be thankful, humble, and eager to follow the Savior into any path of suffering or difficulty for the sake of others. His grace is awesome, in every conceivable way. I would also be assured of our victory in Jesus and bold to live out of the strength and power he supplies.

What about you? How is God using this passage in your life? Questions or Comments?

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  1. #1 by Brian Frahm on October 17, 2009 - 11:12 pm

    Amazed by Jesus’ patience with his disciples (and us). We are slow to learn, quick to deny, swift to look to our own good. Thank you Lord for your mercy and your forbearance.

    • #2 by Susan S. on October 18, 2009 - 8:39 pm

      Amen to that, Brian!

  2. #3 by carolyn on October 18, 2009 - 6:45 am

    I need to be quick to confess my sins and then continue to experience the great joy of life in Christ. Continually worshipping and thanking God through my prayers.

    Thanks for this challenge Luke. Although time consuming, it’s been great and the two guiding questions were so helpful in really focusing my reading and thinking. This challenge also had a positive effect on my prayer life this week which I loved. I plan to save all my notes and reread them down the road. I’d like to go back through the entire book of Luke and just focus on the promises of God. It’s also been eye opening to do this along with the study I’m doing on the tabernacle which is lots of Old Testament reading–seeing the connections on a daily basis is so reassuring–leaves no doubt that we are reading TRUTH. Now I just have to get caught up on Colossians! Our God is an awesome God, he reigns in heaven above, with wisdom, power, and love–our God is an awesome God!

  3. #4 by Susan S. on October 18, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    Luke, I thought exactly what you did about Jesus’ post resurrection conversation with Peter and others on the road about the whole of the Old Testament perfectly pointing to His ministry. Wow!

    A question- The crowd who yelled, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Who might these people have been? It was interesting to continuously read throughout the Gospel of Luke that the Pharisees had to wait to arrest Him because Jesus was so popular with the people and there would have been a public outcry had they “prematurely” charged Him. Was it those people who turned against Him, or a gathering of the leaders and those who hadn’t seen Jesus’ ministry who were demanding His execution? If it’s the former, what may have been the motivation behind the change of heart of those who witnessed His miracles and teachings?

    • #5 by Luke Simmons on October 20, 2009 - 11:09 am

      It doesn’t necessarily specify who was shouting in Luke, but in Matthew and Mark it says that the chief priests and elders stirred up the crowd. This was also morning time, so it could be that it wasn’t a huge crowd.

  4. #6 by Tabatha on October 18, 2009 - 10:33 pm

    This has been an awesome study. I loved seeing everyones comments each day and enjoyed thinking about the fact that many people in our church were reading the same passages day to day. Personally I was encouraged to read and think about the daily grind of Jesus’ life (although He never seemed to see it that way) it was good to read and think about the fact that He was fully God and fully human. I think I forget the human part and that He can truly relate and understand everything that we go through. I loved reading about the daily conversations and interactions Jesus had with people and how He never seemed to be in a hurry. He just loved people and explained things, sometimes over and over again if needed. He was so patient and kind. I also loved the modern parables that were shared, those were really helpful for me. I hope we do this again soon, I really enjoyed it!

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