Luke and The Lost
Everyone wants to know the last words of Diana before she died in the car wreck. I don’t even have to say her last name, you know who I’m talking about. We think of last words our loved ones said to us and treasure those words in our hearts as good memories of who they were to us and to others. No matter what else was said and done in a lifetime, last words are the ones we remember best. When all else is scraped away, last words from the heart are remembered most. I have also observed that loved ones seem to know that time is fleeting and begin to prepare us for their departure. The Holy Spirit has a lot to do with this “knowing”.
Jesus, for the second time, begins to prepare His closest disciples, for his departure from earth. These men and the women who supported him, have followed him all over the countryside in His mission to seek and to save lost people. They watched Him heal the sick, raise the dead, and defeat evil, pulling it out of possessed people. They watched him miraculous feed thousands of people by raising the little food that was on hand up to God for His blessing. He saved them and others from their previous lives of tradition and just getting by with small lives. He taught them tirelessly. They watched Him pray. He taught them to pray.
Jesus previously told them that is was “necessary” that he was to endure an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the religious leaders, be killed and on the third day be raised up alive. These words were pretty clear and concise. But no one wants to grasp news like this. So, now Jesus gets in their face, with a “read my lips” look and says, “Treasure and ponder each of these next worlds: The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into human hands.” They didn’t get it. Maybe they didn’t want to get it. In fact, they ignored the words of the Master and reverted back to childish behavior, arguing over who is the greatest! Yikes!
We are appalled…but we know the rest of the story. Later, after watching His words lived out in front of them, they got it, were humbled, and remembered, treasured and ponder every word of Christ. But for now, they don’t get it. Jesus has more to teach his disciples before leaving earth.
Luke 9, The Message
Your Business Is Life
43-44 While they continued to stand around exclaiming over all the things he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, “Treasure and ponder each of these next words: The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into human hands.”
45 They didn’t get what he was saying. It was like he was speaking a foreign language and they couldn’t make heads or tails of it. But they were embarrassed to ask him what he meant.
46-48 They started arguing over which of them would be most famous. When Jesus realized how much this mattered to them, he brought a child to his side. “Whoever accepts this child as if the child were me, accepts me,” he said. “And whoever accepts me, accepts the One who sent me. You become great by accepting, not asserting. Your spirit, not your size, makes the difference.”
Thoughts to ponder…
Our spirit, not our size, make the difference. What is the size of my spirit? How accepting of others am I? Do I “get it”? Do I treasure the words of Christ? Do I live what I say I believe? Am I seeking recognition over relationship with God and others?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the lessons you taught while living on this earth. Your words are Truth and Life to those confused and broken. May we remember, ponder, treasure each word until Your Word becomes us. In Jesus Name, Amen