Millstones And Mustard Seeds

Millstones And Mustard Seeds 

Seven Times

Throughout Jesus' journey to Jerusalem, he provides his disciples with guidance. In chapter 16, the danger of wealth is emphasized, and in this section, we see various teachings about discipleship that mark the end of the second stage of his journey. Jesus cautions his followers about things that can cause them to trip and the severe consequences of leading others to sin. He instructs believers to confront one another about sinful behavior and quickly forgive those who have wronged them. Perhaps due to the challenging call to forgive, the disciples ask for increased faith. However, Jesus asserts that even the smallest amount of faith can suffice. He concludes with a brief parable about a servant. After the servant completes his tasks, he prepares the master's meal and only then consumes his own. The master doesn't thank him since he's only done what is expected. Disciples mustn't expect a reward for obeying the Lord; they must remember service is its own reward.

Unworthy Servants

Luke reminds us in verse 11 that Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, a journey that marks the culmination of his ministry, including his death and resurrection. While the physical journey to Jerusalem is significant, it serves as a literary and theological motif for the coming of the kingdom and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. As Jesus passes through Samaria and Galilee, he heals ten lepers who request mercy and are all cleansed of their leprosy. Only the Samaritan among them returns to give thanks and praise to God and Jesus. This is noteworthy because the Samaritan, not an Israelite, recognizes and acknowledges God's presence and power. This foreshadows the inclusion of Samaritans into the people of God in Acts 8:4-25. Finally, the story ends with the declaration that the Samaritan was saved by his faith.

Kingdom In The Midst

The topic turns to the kingdom's arrival, prompting the Pharisees to ask about its timing. Jesus stresses that observation won't yield its arrival - the kingdom already exists in him. He then speaks to the disciples about their desire to see the Son of Man in the future, cautioning against those who claim to know his whereabouts. Instead, his arrival will be unmistakable, like lightning illuminating the sky, leaving no doubt about his location.

The Son of Man must undergo suffering before his glorious return, which clear warning signs will not accompany. His arrival will resemble Noah's era when people lived in a routine before the calamity of the flood. Similarly, Lot's existence was proceeding normally before the destruction of Sodom. Therefore, believers must be prepared for the coming of the Son of Man and avoid being like Lot's wife, who lacked readiness and suffered destruction. Only those willing to give up their lives will earn them in return. The judgment upon Jesus' return will divide individuals into saved and condemned, emphasizing the need for all to be ready. Vultures flocking upon a dead body will serve as a clear indication of the coming judgment.





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