The Good News according to Luke, chapter 21

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     The night of that Passover was exhausting for Jesus, His apostles and persecutors. (It was still the 14th day of God’s 1st month Nisan. Characteristically having things in common binds people.

    (Luke 23:13-25; “Then Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. When I examined Him before you, I did not find this man guilty of anything you accused Him of doing. Neither did Herod, for he sent Him back to us. Look, He has done nothing deserving death. I will therefore have Him flogged and release Him. But they all shouted out together, “Take this man away! Release Barabbas for us!” (Now this man was a robber who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city, and for murder.)

    Pilate addressed them once again because he wanted to release Jesus. But they kept on shouting, “Crucify, crucify Him!” A third time Pilate said to them, “Why? What wrong has He done? I have found Him guilty of no crime deserving death. I will therefore flog Him and release Him.” But they were insistent, demanding with loud shouts that He be crucified. And their shouts prevailed. So, Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder. But he handed Jesus over to their will.”)

    For many years afterward, gentile Romans particularly, used politics and unscrupulous leaders to blame and persecute Jews for Jesus’ death. Even before World War 2 Catholics in Germany were silent partners to Hitler’s persecution of Jews. In part because the Jews could not be converted to Catholicism’s pagan practices. (All sinners are guilty of killing Jesus with our lawlessness, by living according to what seemed right to our intellect.) It was preplanned that the Son of God die for the remission of the world’s sins! No one took Jesus’ life, He gave it! The Son of God died so Believers IN Him could have their sins remitted and inherit eternal life!

   Temple authorities, Sadducees and Pharisees wanted Jesus killed. This also fulfilled Jesus’ parable about the land owner who finally sent his son to redeem his portion of the land’s production. (See Matt 21:33-46)

   (Luke 23:26-31; “As they led Jesus away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country. They placed the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus. A great number of the people followed Jesus, among them women who were mourning and wailing for Him. But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For this is certain: The days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore children, and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us! and to the hills, Cover us!’ For if such things are done when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”)

   Jesus could have explained; “If these unbelieving people persecute to this degree, think how severe they will persecute ‘believers IN’ at the end of this age, when Satan knows his time is about up.” Jesus was thinking about the future times He described in Matthew 24: “days just prior to His return, when Satan, ‘knowing his end is near’ will become more ruthless and go after followers of Jesus.” (Jesus said, “except those days be shortened, no flesh would be saved alive, but for the Elect sake, those days will be shortened.) (My words, see Matthew 24::22)

    (Luke 23:32-38; Two other criminals were also led away to be executed with Jesus. So, when they came to the place that is called “The Skull,” they crucified Jesus there, along with the criminals, one on Jesus’ right and one on His left. But Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Then they threw dice to divide His clothes. The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed Jesus, saying, “He saved others, let Him save Himself if He is the Christ of God, His chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked Jesus, coming up and offering Him sour wine, and saying, “If You are the king of the Jews, save Yourself!” There was also an inscription over Him, “This is the king of the Jews.”) 

  What love, to have the attitude, “forgive them.” I think of deacon Stephen, who was stoned to death while the apostle Paul held the coats of his murderers. Stephen died saying, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” (study Acts 7

   (Luke 23:39-43; “One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at Jesus, saying, “Aren’t you the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we rightly so, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come in Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth today, you’ll be with Me in paradise.”) I moved the comma in that sentence as it should be. Translators inserting punctuations according to what seems right to themselves. (Believing that people are born to live forever someplace is a demonic doctrine.) All worldly religions adapted some form of this demonic deception. (Study Gen. 3:) Jesus and His apostles taught “immortality is gifted through Believing IN Jesus.” (Satan and his followers are calling God a liar when they teach, “people are born to live forever someplace.” (Study - see 2Corinthians 11:11-15 & let’s review.

    (After Satan questioned Eve about what God said about not eating certain fruit, Eve responded, (“We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard, God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die.’” Satan replied, “Surely you will not die, for God knows when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.” Genesis 3:3-5) Worldly religions teach, “people as fleshly divine beings know the good go up and the bad go down.” The fact is, we humans don’t naturally know from within our fleshly nature, “what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” Such is our Creator’s prerogative.)

     Our Lord’s brother, “James” penned; (James 1:14-15; “But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death.”) The devil was able to appeal to Adam & Eve’s fleshly instinctive desires, but Jesus revealed His truth through His apostle Paul.

   (Romans 5:12-17; “So then, just as sin entered the world through one man “Adam” and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned – for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law. (God’s law is “don’t disobey.”) Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type of the coming One) transgressed. But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, “Adam” how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the One-man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, (eating the forbidden) led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. For if, by the transgression of the one man, death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ!) Then Jesus’ apostle John was inspired to write Jesus’ own words.

   John 15:5-6; “I am the vine; you ‘Believers’ are the branches. The one who remains in Me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from Me you ‘Believers’ can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire and are burned up.”) As Jesus stated, “I can do nothing of My own initiative.” Neither can we believers IN Jesus, do anything of spiritual consequence except through Him.

    John 5:19-30; So, Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, the Son can do nothing on His own initiative, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He does, and will show Him greater deeds than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also the Son gives life to whomever He wishes. Furthermore, the Father does not judge anyone, but has assigned all judgment to the Son, so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears My message and believes the One who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned but has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the solemn truth, a time is coming – and is now here – when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, thus He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and He has granted the Son authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. “Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice and will come out – the ones who have done what is good to the resurrection resulting in life, and the ones who have done what is evil to the resurrection resulting in condemnation. I can do nothing on My own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the One who sent Me.”) We followers of Jesus have the same reverence toward Him, as He the Father, because we’re as One as they’re as One. We as branches of a vine are nourished by Jesus’ spirit in us, thus we can do nothing of ourselves.

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