Luke and The Lost
When the new patient was settled comfortably on the couch, the psychiatrist began his therapy session.
“I’m not aware of your problem,” the doctor said. “So perhaps, you should start at the very beginning.”
“Of course,” replied the patient. “In the beginning, I created the Heavens and the Earth…”
This gives us a chuckle at first but then, when you stop to think about it, we all have this “mental illness” at times. We think we can control every situation, plan for the future, and even change the world. The world tells us we can! Then we are jerked back to reality when the world we “created” for ourselves brings suffering through unexpected tragedy. Our way of life we had become accustomed to is now in chaos. Our confidence fails us. Even the most faithful believers are brought to the test. We are reminded that He is God and we are not. So not.
Jesus begins our next passage of knowledge with a question for his disciples, “Who do you think I am? This question is one for us to answer today. WHO do you think Jesus is?
Jesus went on to tell them that suffering will come. He foretold of suffering at the hands of religious leaders, be tried and found guilty, be killed and on the third day be raised up alive. Then he told them what to expect for themselves. Here’s where the rubber meets the road for devoted followers! Read, listen with open minds and hearts and be blessed in knowing, from the inside out, that He is God and we are not! He is the Great I AM. He is in charge! Take comfort in not being in charge.
Luke 9, The Message
18 One time when Jesus was off praying by himself, his disciples nearby, he asked them, “What are the crowds saying about me, about who I am?”
19 They said, “John the Baptizer. Others say Elijah. Still others say that one of the prophets from long ago has come back.”
20-21 He then asked, “And you—what are you saying about me? Who am I?”
Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” Jesus then warned them to keep it quiet. They were to tell no one what Peter had said.
22 He went on, “It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the religious leaders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and on the third day be raised up alive.”
23-27 Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God.”
What do we learn?
–God is God, the Only God and we are not.
–True followers let Him lead.
–Don’t run from suffering, embrace it. He will show us how.
–We can’t do this by ourselves. Give it all to Him.
–God will bring out the real you, His best, that He created You to be.
–Jesus is coming back. Take a stand now. We will see the Kingdom of God.
Dear Heavenly Father, You are the Great I AM. We worship You with all that is in us. Worship give us strength, joy and peace this very morning. What a relief to know YOU are in charge and will lead us to Your best. Show us Your ways. Help us to think and live more and more like You.
In Jesus Name, Amen