The following comments are from Navigator's and Quiet Time Diary journals. One verse will be entered, then the comment, then the date.

1:3    It seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; . . .

    All of the Bible is true, there's no doubt about that, but some of the written books are not in consecutive order. Psalms were written as a compilation and now there are questions about Revelation being in order.
    Luke wrote in this verse that what he wrote was in consecutive order, so we now have a record of what Jesus said and did "in order."
    We have a lot to be thankful for, and the Word of God is the base that we learn from. No matter what order it's written in, it's absolute truth. (DRM 8/29/17)

1:5    In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

    This is the introduction of Zacharias and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist. The eventual mission of John the Baptist was to prepare the way for Jesus.
    Both John's parents were from priestly backgrounds as Zacharias was a priest and Elizabeth was descended from the "first" priest that served with Moses: Aaron. {Exod. 28:1} (DRM 12/19/10)

1:6    And they were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 

    This answers the following question: {What do others say about my lifestyle as it relates to obeying the Lord?} It depends on who they are. Non-Christians seem to thing I am very Christian, while the few Christians I know seem to ignore me. The important Person is God who knows my heart. (DRM 12/2/01)

1:9    according to the custom of the priestly office, he (Zacharias) was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 

    There was nothing unusual signaling to Zacharias that this would be a special day for him. He was randomly chosen, and was going about his normal "job" of priestly duties. God likes to surprise us when we least expect Him. He wants us to always be ready for His arrival - the first time and the second time. (DRM 12/19/04)

1:11, 12    And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel and fear gripped him.

    Yes, angels exist. Most people have never seen one, but there are exceptions - like Zacharias saw that day.
    Later, we are told (v. 19) the angel's name was Gabriel, who also appeared to Mary (1:26) and to Daniel (Daniel 8:16). It is more likely that we will see evidence of how they have protected us from an accident or some similar incident than to actually "see" them.
    The Bible has many references to angels. God uses them for various duties. Whenever I/we get to Heaven, we will meet some. The spiritual world is so different than what we have on earth. (DRM 11/6/17)

1:13    But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John.

    For both the birth of Jesus and John, angels came to the parents to tell them what was happening and what to name their sons. While different, both births were miraculous as John's parents were too old to children.
    How great it would be to be clearly told that God can use me in some way. . . (DRM 12/20/10)

1:15    For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine or liquor; and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, while yet in his mother's womb. 

    This answers the following question: {What characteristics in John would I like to see represented in myself?} The filling of the Holy Spirit would be my desire. Certainly I can't receive it when John the Baptist did, but to walk in His ways is my desire. (DRM 12/3/01)

1:16    And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.

    This is part of a quote from the angel Gabriel (v. 19) to Zacharias when he was told he would be the father of John the Baptist.
    Of course Gabriel was right. During the days before Jesus' ministry began, John the Baptist was "preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins" (Luke 3:3). While we weren't there, in videos, he is depicted as having crowds to hear him speak.
    By reading this, God has also called you to a life to bring honor to Him. He has lots of "jobs" to do - and will direct you if you listen carefully through His Holy Spirit and His Word - the Bible. (DRM 12/20/17)

1:17    "And it is he (John the Baptist) who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous; so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

    This is a quote from the angel Gabriel [verse 19] and is a description of what John the Baptist will do in his life. I don't totally understand the capitalized section. Perhaps it refers to how we all must become as children to understand the simple message of the gospel? Still, this is a great prophecy. (DRM 12/20/04)

1:18    And Zacharias said to the angel, "How shall I know this for certain? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years."

    This answers the following question: {In what areas might I have a tendency to doubt God's Word?} I have to consider the source. How did God tell me? Is what He told me something that would go with His nature? Is it Biblically sound? I don't think He wants me to be a millionaire. (DRM 12/4/01)

1:26, 27    Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendents of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

    Why did God choose an unmarried woman to be the mother of Jesus?
    He knew she was a virgin and that would likely change after she was married and no one would know Who the Father was then. God knew that Mary and Joseph would listen to His angels when the messages were delivered.
    When God sends us messages, do we listen or go our own way? Unfortunately God rarely sends visible angels to direct us. We have to learn His will generally from the Bible - and its application. (DRM 11/22/13)

    Betrothal (v. 27) in ancient Jewish culture was a contract for a future marriage and was a more binding legal arrangement than our modern engagement. Though they were not permitted to consummate the marriage before the actual wedding, the betrothed couple were considered husband and wife. The year-long betrothal was dissolved only by divorce (Matt. 1:18-19) (INSIGHT, Our Daily Bread, 11/22/13)

1:30    The angel [Gabriel] said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God . . ."

    We are told that Mary was a teenager at the time. What did she do to receive God's favor? Probably there were many other teenage virgins at the time. Like grace, only God knows why he has chosen us for individual salvation.
    When God decides to do something it WILL happen. (DRM 12/21/10)

1:31    And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.

    What would my (our) life be like if these words were never spoken? It's easy to look around and see people who don't believe these words; then think of their destiny.
    This verse also brings up an unanswered question: Why did God choose the name Jesus? Perhaps that was a common name at the time and He (God) didn't want His Son to "stand out" for the first 30 years? (Like our John in USA) Only God knows. (DRM 2/1/12)

1:32, 33    He [Jesus] will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His Kingdom will have no end."

    The angel Gabriel (v. 26) told Mary that she would have a Son, and His name would be Jesus (v.31).
    Some of the things that Gabriel told Mary would happen during her (and Jesus') time on earth. Others would not happen until future times. When she was told this, she couldn't have known where the dividing line would be. Would He take over as King Jesus when He grew up?
    None of us knows the future, or when King Jesus will rule, but we must trust all that Gabriel said WILL come true in God's timing. (DRM 12/19/13)

1:34, 35    Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" 35The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. . .

    Mary had just been told she would have a baby, but without a (earthly) husband. This is the Immaculate Conception. At least on earth, this has never been done before or since.
    Sometimes I wonder how God can do something that's never been done before, but He can do ANYTHING! He isn't restricted by our earthly reasoning and logic. All I have to do is think of all the miracles written in the Bible that "shouldn't be possible" in earthly processes.
    Besides the birth of Jesus, God's great miracle today is His salvation given to people who trust in Him. (DRM 12/6/15)

1:38    "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her. 

    To be a servant of the Lord should be every Christian's goal. To say "I am the Lord's servant" shows total trust and a willingness to do ANYTHING that is asked.
    I know that if He asks me to do a specific deed that I'll know! (DRM 8/10/87)

    Mary was submissive to the Lord's will. She had just been told that she would have a baby and she was a virgin. Even though the whole angelic statement was impossible in worldly aspects, she believed that He could do a great miracle through her. She showed her faith in God. (DRM 12/21/04)

1:41    When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

    Generally I (we) think of the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost. Apparently the Holy Spirit also came to certain believers before that.
    The important part for me (us) is that we receive the Holy Spirit at the point of conversion - also a time that our faith is totally dependent on God=Jesus. (DRM 12/22/10)

1:48    For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave, For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. 

    This quote of Mary is from the section called "The Magnificat." What did Mary really say here? She was praising the Lord God for what He was about to do. She was humble, and, I think, meant "blessed" to be "gifted by God." The rest of this section points to God, and not herself as of a Holy person. God created Jesus' body, not Mary. (DRM 12/22/04)

1:63    And he [Zacharias] asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, "His name is John." And they were all astonished.

    Tradition. The Jews at this time normally named sons after their father (v. 59). No one in that family was named John - but even the father indicated that would be his son's name - indicating that they followed the direction of the angel (v. 13).
    When God gives us direction - in whatever way - we are to follow His plan and not our own. (DRM 12/23/10)

1:64    And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God.

    This answers the following question: {What response can I give to peer pressure?} Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, certainly knew the Holy Spirit! People were amazed when he couldn't talk, then nearly a year later, he could again. He (and I should) did as the Lord commanded - no matter what. (DRM 12/5/01)

    It was time to name his baby boy and tradition said it would be Zacharias, after his father. The people in the family needed his permission, and suddenly he could speak again. 
    This all indicated that what had happened 9 months before [1:5-25] was truly from the Lord and that their son, John, truly would be a special person in the work of the Lord. [verse 66]
    We [I] can still be used of the Lord, even with all of these signs - if I just yield to do only His will. (DRM 12/23/04)

1:72, 73    To show mercy toward our fathers,
                 And to remember His holy covenant,
               73The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, . . .

    This quote is from "Zacharias's Prophecy" where he is telling us how his son's (John the Baptist) birth would be part of the fulfillment of prophecy.
    God had promised Abraham (Gen. 22:16-18) that through his seed=descendents all the nations of the earth would be blessed. Mary had already visited Elizabeth, his wife, and both were descendants of Abraham - so this was fulfillment of prophecy. The context makes this section appear to refer to his son (v.76) rather than Jesus.
    All prophecies will be fulfilled in God's timing. (DRM 7/16/16)

1:74    To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear.

    This answers the following question: {What is my manner of service for the Lord?} My services for the Lord have changed from Testimony Newsletter to the bookmarks - but I think of the compassion that I have felt for others. Perhaps someday this will be a ministry. (DRM 12/6/01)

1:76, 77    "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS; 77To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins,

    Now that Zacharias could speak again, he prophesized about his new born son, John. Like most of the Bible, everything Zacharias said later came to pass. I am thankful when the Holy Spirit directs me, but think how much more exciting it would be to have a visible angel directing me about future events! I depend on the Lord [Holy Spirit] to direct me in the right direction. (DRM 12/24/04)

1:78    Because of the tender mercy of our God,
           With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,

    This is part of Zacharias' prophecy about his son and the coming of Jesus. I don't recall seeing Jesus compared to the sunrise before, but it is appropriate because it would be a new beginning. Jesus would also become the Light of the world and only be on earth a short time - like a short visit in comparison to when He will return and stay and rule FOREVER. (DRM 12/24/10)

           To guide our feet into the way of peace."

    This is from a prophecy that Zacharias gave after his son, John the Baptist, was born. These words are quoted from Isaiah.
    This verse is about Jesus' upcoming ministry - where He would open the eyes of those who were in spiritual darkness. If we are sitting in "the shadow of death" and don't know or trust in Jesus, our future is indeed dark.
    Jesus is the Light - we have to depend on Him to direct our paths both in earthly and spiritual ways.
    Don't give up on your faith in Him. (DRM 12/4/17)

1:80    And the child [John the Baptist] continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

    In the days of John the Baptist and Jesus there were few books to learn from. The Old Testament Law was written on scrolls, so knowledge did not increase rapidly like today.
    John the Baptist most likely "became strong in spirit" from the teachings of his father, Zacharias - who had access to the sacred scrolls. Like today, the Holy Spirit could have directed him also.
    As Christians today, we have access to many sources of knowledge about God=Jesus. (e.g. Bible, great libraries, priests/pastors and teachers.) We too can become "strong in the spirit" like John the Baptist did. (DRM 12/24/17)

2:1    Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.

    Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth (v. 4) and the Scriptures said the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. How could God cause this to happen?
    God had to put in Caesar's mind to have the census and to require people to travel to "their own city" (v. 3). I (we) never think much about how God has to orchestrate all the events of Jesus' birth - and also of our individual lives. (DRM 12/18/11)

2:2    This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

    This is another proof that God knows and controls ALL things. He must have put the idea of a census into the mind of Caesar Augustus (v. 1) to order the event at this time in history.
    Apparently Syria was a large territory at the time, as I don't see it in my Bible maps. It could also be a small division that Quirinius was the governor of?
    The point is that God directed everything relating to the birth of His Son, and we know that He continues to arrange history for all things to come together for His plan in our future - when Jesus returns to rule the earth. (DRM 12/25/15)

    The execution of such an imperial decree in Syria (of which Judea formed a part) brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, long ago prophesied as the Messiah's place of birth.  (from Our Daily Bread INSIGHT 12/25/15)

2:3    And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.

    Jesus' birth was a surprise. The people had to travel to different cities to register for the census. Joseph had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem because he was from the family of David. With David's big family, and, apparently, their late arrival, there was no place for them to stay overnight. No relatives took them in.
    Today, when we say Christmas, most people think of the preparations needed. Not then - but then the shepherds knew and came - so they weren't alone.
    When Jesus comes back it will also be a surprise. (DRM 12/19/15)

2:4, 5    Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.

    It was prophesized that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, but the natural instinct (as the king later had) was that the baby would be born to a resident of the town, and not someone who was traveling through.
    Clearly the census that brought Joseph and Mary to town was all part of God's plan.
    Things that we don't even think of are also part of God's plan for us - like who we will meet tomorrow wherever we are.
    God knows everything; past, present and future. We are to follow His direction. (DRM 12/9/12)

2:6    While they were there, [Bethlehem] the days were completed for her [Mary] to give birth.

    Mary and Joseph knew this would be a special child, because angels had told them so, but the text here seems to show their plan to keep this prophecy a secret until later - to see.
    God had a different plan. He wanted some people to know that His Son was being born - and decided to tell a few shepherds (v. 8-9) and wise men (Matt. 2:1). Only time would tell if this Child was as special as these select people were told.
    God can change our plans, and seems to do it often for me - one thing is sure . . . if He changes things, it will be better than our plan. (DRM 12/16/14)

2:7    And she [Mary] gave birth to her first-born son; and wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 

    When I heard this verse last evening in church, I thought of a new association. When Jesus was born, He was wrapped in "cloths" or several bands of cloth to keep his Body warm in the cold manger. After Jesus' earthly life was over, the cloths He was wrapped in were also mentioned - as He didn't need them as He arose. We need clothes on earth, but will get a new "tent" in Heaven. (DRM 12/25/04)

2:8    In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.

    We don't KNOW what time of year that Jesus was born. It is unlikely that shepherds would have sheep outside on a snowy winter evening - but it also doesn't snow in Israel very often.
    Imagine a quiet night outside and mostly alone - then a bright light - which became an angel - appears before you. The angel speaks to you - wouldn't you listen? Doubt enters in - and to solve the doubt, the solution is to check the angel's statement to see if it's true. The angel was right! The Savior was born. (DRM 12/24/13)

2:9    And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, [shepherds] and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

    Today few people believe in Jesus' second coming. They don't believe that it will be sudden or anytime soon. Dates have been suggested and passed.
    When Jesus came the first time, as referred to in this verse, the angel of the Lord came to the shepherds in the field SUDDENLY and they were frightened; clearly showing they did not anticipate His arrival.
    Jesus came as a surprise over 2,000 years ago, and when He returns, most people will be surprised again. Are you ready? (DRM 12/16/12)

2:10, 11    But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

    Angels aren't seen very often today. They probably didn't show themselves to people much during that time either. Of course the shepherds would be startled with angels standing and talking to them, but this was good news.
    Until then, people anticipated the Messiah's arrival, but never knew where or in what form. Since people knew they were to go to one of 12 cities for the census, the shepherds knew exactly which city was the "city of David" (v. 15).
    The "news of great joy" has continued to this day for people who trust in Jesus for their eternal salvation - destiny. (DRM 12/8/13)

2:12    " . . . This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

    The city of David (v. 11), Bethlehem, was not a big city - it still isn't a big city. The angel was telling the shepherds of something that was occurring that could only be One person. How many other babies would be born in Bethlehem that night in a manger (barn stall)?
    This could only refer to Jesus. He is the "Savior, who is Christ the Lord." {v. 11} (DRM 12/25/11)

2:13    And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

    A couple of days ago I had a discussion about angels "singing," and this is the verse where they are depicted as doing that - but did they sing?
    The angels proclaimed Jesus' birth to the shepherds in the field (starting with one angel), as they were outside and could see the sky - the other people were probably inside sleeping in their homes - thus His birth was only known by a few on the day it occurred. (DRM 12/25/10)

2:14    "Glory to God in the highest,
           And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."

    As stated in verse 13, this quote was from the angel and a multitude of the heavenly host.
    There must be a distinctive between these two heavenly beings - or the angel was merely the lead speaker?
    God can be pleased or displeased with our actions. Clearly He watches over the ones He is pleased with more than the ones He is displeased with.
    Still, this was and still is a day that should be celebrated - as our Redeemer was born and a way was provided to save us from our sins.
    Praise the name of Jesus! (DRM 12/24/12)

2:15    When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us."

    The angel that came to the shepherds (v. 9) told them that the baby was born "in the city of David" . . . (v. 11)
    I've associated David with being King and ruling in Jerusalem, but he was born in Bethlehem. I'm glad that the shepherds knew what city to go to.
    If they didn't have faith in God before this appearance of the angels, certainly they did after all that was said to them was confirmed (v. 20).
    We also need faith in the Lord - and this without seeing angels. (DRM 8/4/13)

2:16    So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.

    No one knows how far the shepherds traveled, but they were in the "region" (v. 8) of Bethlehem. It probably didn't take long, because Mary and Joseph were still in Bethlehem and hadn't moved on yet.
    While Jesus didn't come as King (yet), His Father wanted some people to know what had happened. It would still be about 30 years before Jesus began His ministry and some of these witnesses could have died - but Mary knew what happened and probably gave the account to Luke (1:3). The important part is that Jesus came, lived and died for my/our sins. (DRM 12/25/14)

2:17, 18    When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.

    The shepherds had been told by the angels of Jesus' birth. They went to Bethlehem based on the announcement from the angel (v. 9).
    Clearly, the shepherds saw something. It wasn't their imagination, like people would say today, and it was all true! The Baby was as they were told. The shepherds had faith in the message and did what they were told.
    This makes me wonder if the shepherds were still alive 30 years later and saw Jesus' ministry? We aren't told the answer in the Bible, but Mary knew the whole story. (DRM 12/5/15)

2:19    But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

    I think of Mary as the mother of Jesus . . . which she is.
    She had been told by Gabriel the angel (1:26) that she would have a baby with God as the Father (1:35) and His name would be Jesus (1:31). Now the event - birth was taking place and more angels (2:15) appeared to local shepherds and they came to the manger that same night (2:16) and told Joseph and Mary what they were told (2:17).
    Of course Mary had to still wonder, "Is all of this true?" "What will my Son be like as He grows up, etc."
    None of us knows our future. God has a plan for each of us, and possibly it will be dramatic like Mary's life was. Only God knows. (DRM 8/11/16)

2:20    And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

    It wasn't a dream! The shepherds had seen the vision and followed it's direction - and it all was true! The angels weren't imaginary! They praised the Lord for showing them the Promised One, and I'm sure their faith increased by the event. Like the shepherds, I believe that the event really did occur, and pray that more people will also believe in Jesus. (DRM 12/26/04)

2:21    And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

    Both Mary and Joseph were previously told to name their Son Jesus (Matt. 1:21, Luke 1:31). Just by doing what the angel told them was God's will, they showed their faith that all that was told them was true.
    Now the Baby was born. They followed the law given by Moses (v. 22) and acted upon their faith.
    When God clearly tells me/us something, it's unlikely to be brought by an angel, but can be received in other ways. Our "job" is to trust and believe in faith, then do what we are told. (DRM 12/27/16)

2:22    And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. . .

    Bethlehem is just a few miles from Jerusalem. How long were Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem? According to Lev. 12:4, Mary went to the Temple on the 34th day, so they didn't leave town right away.
    There are few details on Jesus' early life - that's where we need faith that He followed the Lord God and helped His parents until He was called by God to proclaim His word. (DRM 12/26/10)

    Eight days pass and, as was required, the child was circumcised. When cut, he no doubt bled and cried like any of us would. Thirty-three days after that, the child was brought to the temple so his parents could offer a sacrifice of dedication. (Word of Life Diary)

2:25    And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 

    This answers the following question: {What qualities of Simeon are true of my behavior and speech?} Obviously Simeon was a holy man of God, he was near the temple most of the time and loved the Lord. I also desire to be close to a church and love the Lord. May my speech reflect that. (DRM 12/7/01)

2:26    And it had been revealed to him [Simeon] by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

    God can tell us things in different ways. Most of the time it is through the Bible, but this is a clear example of God speaking through the Holy Spirit.
    When I think the Holy Spirit is telling me to do something, I get criticized - but He has done it in the past - so I listen and try to follow His leading - so long as it follows Bible teaching.
    How Simeon knew the baby that Joseph and Mary brought in (rather than any other child) is a mystery that can only be attributed to the Holy Spirit again. (DRM 12/14/13)

2:27, 28    And he [Simeon] came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, . . .

    Simeon was a man of faith. He had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord's Christ (v. 26).
    God honors those of faith, this is proven in several ways - and this is one example. Simeon believed he would see Jesus before he died - and somehow (it had to be the Holy Spirit) knew that this 40 day old baby Jesus would be the One.
    Like Simeon, I feel that I can never have too much faith and keep wanting more - especially during times of fear/pain/trouble.
    Always pray for more faith. (DRM 2/24/16)

2:30, 31    For my eyes have seen Your salvation,
              31Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

    This is part of a quote from Simeon when he saw the baby Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem.
    The Holy Spirit had told him that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord's (God's) Christ. (v. 26)
    This was a confirmation to Mary and Joseph that Jesus would be a very special Son.
    Do I (we) hear and feel the Holy Spirit's leading correctly? We must be able to know His voice above the others - and the best way is to know His past thoughts and be sure what He tells you agrees. (DRM 5/12/13)

2:32    "A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, And the glory of Thy people Israel."

    When Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Temple on the 8th day, Simeon was there. Among other things, he said this statement about Jesus. Since Gentiles were not of their faith, it certainly was prophetic that Simeon would say that. It seems to me the the second statement STILL hasn't fully occurred. While some Israelites trust in Jesus, the majority are still looking for their Messiah. (DRM 12/27/04) 

2:33    And His father [Joseph] and mother [Mary] were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.

    God works in amazing, mysterious ways. God told Simeon that he would see the Lord and also led Anna to praise the child Jesus.
    What caused them to know this child, of all the people who came to the temple - would be the Messiah? The Holy Spirit was active in some people at that time - as they had faith that He would come. (DRM 12/27/10)

2:34, 35    And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed 35and a sword will pierce even your own soul to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."

    After eight days (v. 21) Jesus was brought to the temple in Jerusalem. Simeon was at the temple and blessed them (v. 34) and gave this prophecy about His future opposition.
    Some were to believe in Jesus' mission and some wouldn't - those that would believe would rise (Heaven) and those that opposed fall (Hell).  Since Simeon was speaking to Mary, she would experience the spiritual pain/distress as she saw the opposition to her Son and His message - including His death 33 years later on the cross.
    God sent Jesus to do a mission to save all from their sins. We need to put ALL our trust in Him so we can join Him in Heaven someday. (DRM 12/25/17)

    [Re 2:34]    Jesus was only eight days old and was taken to the temple to fulfill Jewish law. God had told Simeon that he would see the Lord's Christ (v. 26).
    Simeon's prophecy in this verse probably seemed inconceivable to Joseph and Mary at the time, but it was also confirmation of the special events that occurred to both of them before His conception and at His birth. They truly had a special Child to raise! (DRM 11/9/11)

2:36    And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,

    This verse tells us about Anna, who was at the temple when Jesus and his "parents" came to present Him when He was an infant.
    Apparently Anna had a husband earlier in life but was now an 84 year old widow (v. 37) and served the Lord at the temple.
    God can use us at any age. If we have completed our service to Him, He calls us home ("death"). If we are still on earth, then He has more for us to do for Him.
    No matter what my/your age, He wants us to keep doing something to advance His Kingdom. (DRM 3/25/15)

2:37    and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. And she never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 

    This answers the following question: {Which act of service rendered by Anna can I put into practice today?} This verse shows three of her attributes: serving, fasting and praying. I need help with all three! Certainly I am best at praying as I always need more confidence and compassion for others in need. (DRM 12/8/01)

2:38    At that very moment she [Anna] came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

    Here we have to read "between the lines." This is the paragraph after Simeon and his encounter with the baby Jesus, so Anna was also in the temple at the time. Apparently she also came up to Joseph and Mary and spoke of the coming Messiah, but it doesn't say she believed the baby Jesus was the Messiah - maybe Simeon led her to the baby?
    Still, both of these people were looking to His coming and were in His presence as devout "Christian" followers.
    We also are looking to His coming back! (DRM 12/15/13)

    During her long ministry, Anna served as a prophetess. When she saw the baby Jesus, she acknowledged His messianic identity by proclaiming that He would be the instrument of redemption for Jerusalem (Luke 2:38; Isa. 52:9) (from Our Daily Bread, INSIGHT, 12/15/13)

2:40    And the child (Jesus) grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

    This verse should be my permanent verse because "if" I want to become more like Jesus every day, then I should try to do things in the way He did them. 
    I should not feel guilty about becoming strong or trying to learn more about the Bible (wisdom).
    With the grace of God anything is possible. (DRM 7/26/87)

    As Jesus grew, He became strong physically and mentally and spiritually. He was probably learning how to become a carpenter with His father, Joseph, and growing in wisdom also - if that's possible for God. 
    Even though I'm older now, I still want to grow spiritually, mentally and physically. With little encouragement, sometimes I wonder if I should want these things. What would Jesus do? (DRM 12/28/04)

2:46    Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.

    It seems that the 12 year old Jesus was trying to acquire wisdom at the temple - but we know that, as God, He already knew everything. I think He was trying to understand the human point of view. He knew He also would have to answer questions in the future. (DRM 12/28/10)

2:47    And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.

    Jesus was 12 years old and had gone to Jerusalem with His parents (v. 41). He stayed behind at the temple and got separated from His parents for a few days. (v. 45-46)
    Jesus was a special child from the beginning (conception) and had the Holy Spirit within Him. At age 12 He knew His Father was God and wanted to learn more about Him and apparently had insight to the questions the teachers asked Him.
    Study the Bible. (DRM 5/14/13)

2:52    And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. 

    This answers the following question: {In what same ways am I growing and maturing as compared to Jesus?} It's interesting that Jesus as God grew in wisdom. Probably the changes of actually living in His creation caused new thoughts. I pray that I will continue to grow in His wisdom as well.  (DRM 12/9/01)

3:3, 4    And he [John the Baptist] came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins; 4as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

    John the Baptist seems to be known more for his final fate than what he preached about. His miraculous birth indicated that he would be telling the Lord's desire - and so he did. After repentance for sins, the congregation was probably asked to be baptized so they could start a new life of faith. (DRM 12/29/10)

    . . . it seems clear that John is asking them to change how they deal with sin. . . . John is preaching a new way: a way that depends upon being buried and resurrected in newness of life. (Word of Life Diary)

3:7    He (John the Baptist) therefore began saying to the multitudes who were going out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"

    At first thought, this quote of John's seems very cruel. I wouldn't like to be compared to a snake; but, thinking of Israel's history of cycles of apparent righteousness and unrighteousness, it should be expected that they were probably thinking that it was time for another change. John's preaching was new and different. (DRM 12/29/04)

3:9    The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

    John the Baptist was telling people about the coming of Christ, but I believe that there is more to this verse than that.
    All Christians should be fruitful and help to multiply the number of believers. Only with God's help can we be truly pleasing to Him and His Kingdom. (DRM 7/27/87)

    This answers the following question: {How can I apply the principles Jesus taught here to my life?} The principle in verse 9 shows how we should always fear the Lord. If we don't tell others of His love, He is ready to prune us with the ax. He wants us to share, not keep it to ourselves. (DRM 12/10/01)

3:12, 13    And some tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" 13And he said to them, "Collect no more than what you have been ordered to."

    John the Baptist was the prominent preacher before Jesus' ministry began. This quote is from him as people were being baptized.
    Tax collectors in that era were known to collect more taxes than what was due, so they became rich from the excess.
    John was really telling them, and us, to be honest in doing work for others. Temptations occur to do things in life that aren't honest or true, but we are to resist them. While invisible today, God=Jesus is still watching our actions and what we do today will affect what we do in His Kingdom "tomorrow." (DRM 4/24/17)

3:15    Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he might be the Christ, 

    This answers the following question: {What would I have done similarly or differently in this situation?} People wondered if John the Baptist was the Christ. John knew he wasn't. When he knew that Jesus was, he pointed the people to Him. I don't see anything that I would have done differently. (DRM 12/11/01)

3:16    . . . John answered and said to them all, "As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

    This refers to the ministry of John the Baptist and his anticipation of Jesus the Christ's ministry. He pointed out here that he was not fit to bow down and undo His sandals, that Jesus would be so important.
    John baptized with water, but Jesus' baptisms would be through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit - which came after He left - at Pentecost.
    I think to baptize with fire is to have an everlasting urge to spread the gospel to others - but need other views. . . (DRM 9/25/13)

3:17    " . . . His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

    This was John the Baptist's prophecy about the Christ who was coming - or at least the second half.
    Like some other prophecies in the Bible, the speaker didn't distinguish between the "first" coming of Jesus and the second. Jesus didn't "burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire" yet. That will happen at His second coming. Only God knows what day that will be. (DRM 12/30/10)

3:22    and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, "Thou are My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased."

    Sometimes movies have shown the baptism of Jesus with a dove landing on Him, but I wondered if it was a representation of the real thing, or just an illustration to show what was happening in His heart. This verse makes it clear that these things really literally happened. It must have been great to be there! (DRM 12/30/04)

3:23    And when He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being supposedly the son of Joseph, the son of Eli, . . . 

    Easily the most important word in this verse is "supposedly," as Jesus wasn't the son of Joseph. We can skip all of the generations until the end of verse 38, ". . . the son of Adam, the son of God." This is really the genealogy of Joseph. Jesus always was - and will always be. Someday I will be in His Kingdom - forever. [Where years won't matter] (DRM 12/31/04)

3:31    . . . the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, . . .

    This is just one small part of the genealogy of Jesus, the male side, as "supposed' beginning with Joseph, so it's really the genealogy of *. Still, this verse shows that Jesus was in the line of David, as prophesized. To think that each name probably represents about 40 years this line goes back to Adam, the son of God. (DRM 12/31/10)

    *Luke is interested in His humanity and, therefore, gives us Mary's family and goes back to Adam. Luke shows that Jesus is related to us all, for we have all descended from that one original couple. The Greek grammar indicates that Luke knew that Heli was Joseph's father-in-law, not father (v. 23). (Word of Life Diary)

4:2, 3    . . . for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days; and when they had ended, He became hungry. 3And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."

    Of the three temptations that the devil gave Jesus in these first 15 verses, I'm sure the hardest for me would be this first one. I can't imagine 24 hours without food - as I would get a headache - so to go 40 days without eating is VERY difficult. Jesus knew His purpose for living. I also know my purpose, but always need navigation. (DRM 1/1/05)

4:5    And he [the devil] led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

    It seems that the devil was showing Jesus future skyscraper cities full of people - which would be unheard of 2,000 years ago.
    I don't know what the population of the world was in the year 27, but probably only 100,000,000. Now with 70 people for each person in that time, we have a huge number of people and many large cities.
    Jesus didn't need to see all this. He already knows the future and He's planning His own bigger city New Jerusalem. (DRM 3/27/13)

4:8    And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'"

    This answers the following question: {How can I resist temptation by following Christ's example today?} Each time the devil tempted Jesus, Jesus responded by quoting correctly from the Bible. He had every verse memorized. I should also spend more time memorizing. (DRM 12/12/01) 

4:12    And Jesus answered and said to him [devil], "It is said, 'YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.' "

    At first, I thought this could be a conflict with faith, where I trust God for the results, but if you put this third temptation of Christ into context, the devil said He could jump off a building and not get hurt. There is a difference between faith and testing God - and jumping off a tall building is clearly defying God's nature. (DRM 1/1/11)

4:17    And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book, and found the place where it was written,

    I just noticed something in this verse, and the verse before. Jesus had a "custom" to read in His hometown church, thus the book was handed to Him in church. My church wouldn't allow me to read in church! He was trusted and respected that day, then things changed.
    Jesus was allowed to speak out in His community. I wonder when I will be that bold! (DRM 1/2/05)

4:20, 21    And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

    Another prophecy fulfilled by Jesus. He had just read Isaiah 61:1 and 61:2a and stopped there. Why didn't He read more? Isaiah 61:2b states "And the day of vengeance of our God;" which was NOT Jesus' mission while He was on earth 2,000 years ago. That part won't be fulfilled until the Tribulation era that is still future.
    Everything Jesus read in Isaiah was fulfilled in His ministry. Now it seems appropriate that He read it at the beginning - before He was known to heal the blind or the other things mentioned in Isaiah. He knew His mission, then set about to do it, just like we need to do. (DRM 1/31/16)

4:27    And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.

    Jesus had just read Isaiah in his home town synagogue and said (v. 21), "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
    In this verse He had one example of two where one person was chosen out of many. He was trying to tell them that He was chosen as One of many to preach His Father's Word. But they didn't understand and wanted to throw Him over a cliff (v. 29) (DRM 1/2/11)

4:40    When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.

    Quite often (even today) I think that I don't have the powers and gifts that Jesus had and wonder why. The more I think about this verse, the more I realize that I DO have gifts and probably have gifts that I don't even know yet.
    Thank you God, for caring about me, and help me to use my gifts to serve You better. (DRM 7/29/87)

    Most likely Jesus popularity was somewhat because of His healing power - rather than His message. I wonder if all that were healed trusted in Him as their Savior, or if they just wanted to be healed that day. Today, Jesus is still alive and still is the Healer, but now we know that He heals from the expression of faith of the requestor, PTL for His love of people! (DRM 1/3/05)

4:41    Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ.

    Satan and his demons knew Jesus from earlier times when they were under His control. He was recognizable to them. As God, Jesus still can tell demons to leave people if He wishes and did at the time He was on earth.
    With prayer, Jesus can do that for me today - no matter what the problem is, He can help if I (we) turn to Him. (DRM 1/3/11)

4:43    But He said to them, "I must preach the Kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose."

    This answers the following question: {What am I doing to tell others about the Kingdom of God?} Unfortunately, I still don't have the confidence to preach to the other cities. It would be nice to have some human encouragement. At least the bookmarks are going forth slowly. (DRM 12/13/01)

5:3    And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat.

    Let's say you were sitting on the shore of the lake and Jesus was in a boat even just ten feet from shore, how much of what Jesus said would you be able to hear? There were no microphones or amplifiers in those days. Jesus had to have a loud voice for it to travel to the crowd on the shore. I never thought of Jesus as being loud - perhaps (I think) this was another miracle - where God made His message get to the people in some supernatural way.
    God=Jesus can do all things, and this is another example of how His message got to the people of the time. (DRM 11/26/14)

5:4, 5    And when He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." 5And Simon answered and said, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but at Your bidding I will let down the nets."

    Simon knew that Jesus was a great teacher. He just let Him borrow his boat to preach from. But Simon was tired from fishing all night. Over his reluctance, he showed his faith in Jesus by going fishing "at Your bidding." His actions showed his faith. So should mine. (DRM 1/4/05)

5:6    When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break;

    Jesus had just preached to some of the people form the boat, then asked Simon Peter to take the boat out to get some fish. Simon followed His lead and they filled two boats with fish.
    Jesus showed that He was in control - reminding me that all I have to do is follow His instructions. (DRM 1/4/11)

5:11    And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him. 

    This answers the following question: {What actions show that I am following Jesus?} When Jesus called, they followed - IMMEDIATELY. They heard His verbal call - and the call I've heard is a "still small voice." What am I doing? Not enough. Reading, writing occasionally. (DRM 12/14/01)

5:12, 13    While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." 13And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." And immediately the leprosy left him.

    This is another example that shows that Jesus healed people that expressed faith that He could do it. I can think of a couple of exceptions, but even in those cases, someone involved had faith before Jesus healed.
    This continues today. While Jesus doesn't heal all people today, He still performs miracles at times. A person with NO faith that He will heal them will not be healed by Him, though they can by today's medicine. We need discernment to see how He works.
    With faith, all things are possible. (DRM 9/26/17)

5:14    And He ordered him to tell no one, "But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, for a testimony to them."

    Human nature or psychology is when someone tells you NOT to do something, that you want to do it all the more. Many times Jesus told people "to tell no one" then they told more and more people! I wonder what the priests thought when they saw all of the healings - but didn't believe in the Healer? Jesus told us to proclaim the Gospel to all nations - maybe that's why most people won't. (DRM 1/6/05)

5:15    But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.

    Hopefully you have done this - when going to a quiet place to pray alone, it seems that the Lord renews your spiritual energy - giving you confidence that He is with you and wants you to depend on Him for whatever the need is.
    Jesus had just been busy healing people with various diseases. This can be spiritually draining as He would have compassion for each person coming to Him. He needed to be renewed by prayer.
    When we get tired; mentally, physically or spiritually, somehow prayer renews us. Jesus gives us confidence to keep going. (DRM 4/29/17)

5:18    And behold, some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in, and to set him down in front of Him. 

    This answers the following question: {What efforts am I making to bring others to Jesus?} The friends were bringing the paralyzed man to Christ. They had the faith and wanted to share it. Certainly I don't have many friends, but the ones I have know of my faith. Hopefully they will ask me when they are ready to know Christ personally. (DRM 12/15/01)

5:20    Seeing their faith, He said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven you."

    It seems that when Jesus healed someone, it involved someone's faith in Him. Like this case - the man who was healed didn't show or state his faith, but rather the people who brought him on the stretcher and lowered him down from the ceiling had the faith that Jesus responded to.
    There are many people suffering today and I wonder if they went to Jesus to heal them FIRST instead of a doctor, if He would also heal them? Jesus also can work through doctors and medicine, but the best thing is to go to Him FIRST and let Him do the healing if it is His will. (DRM 9/30/14)

5:22, 23    But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts?" 23Which is easier to say, 'Your sins have been forgiven you', or to say, 'Get up and walk'?

    God knows everything about us, including our thoughts. Here, Jesus knew the thoughts of the Pharisees and teachers of the Law, proving He is God.
    I'm also trying to imagine a group of Jewish clerics in their traditional clothing listening to a 30 year old young man telling them what to do. There could be a "generation gap" attitude here. (DRM 1/5/11)

5:27, 28    After that He went out and noticed a tax collector named Levi [Matthew] sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, "Follow Me." 28And he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him.

    We could make the excuse that Matthew probably already knew of Jesus' ministry and/or didn't like his job, but would we do the same if a stranger came up to us today and said the same thing?
    Jesus is still calling people today. For me the hard part is hearing His voice and knowing it's truly Him who is talking.
    When Jesus calls, be sure and follow. (DRM 3/8/13)

    Levi, better known to us as Matthew, exemplifies two elements of following Jesus. When Jesus said, "Follow Me" (v. 27), Levi left everything and followed. He then threw a feast in Jesus' honor. Levi's example shows us that following Jesus means leaving behind those things that would hinder us. And as believers, we should tell others about Him and the difference He has made. (Our Daily Bread, INSIGHT, 3/8/13)

5:29    And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them.

    Tax collectors in that time were known to collect more than what was due - to enhance their own personal riches. They were not considered the honest people in society and Jesus chose one of them to be a disciple - in His inner group.
    Apparently Matthew-Levi had a large home and was excited that he would be starting a new "job." This was a great opportunity for Jesus to share with unbelieving sinners that came.
    If we don't talk to unbelievers, how will the Kingdom of God be populated? No one should go to Hell. (DRM 10/21/14)

5:30    The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?"

    Jesus wants everyone to be invited to His Kingdom. He knows that most will not accept His invitation but they need to be invited and given the option while on earth.
    The Pharisees in this verse didn't understand this concept and thought Jesus should only spend time with people who already believed in God.
    We have the option as believers to talk with other believers or to help share Jesus' offer of salvation to unbelievers. Clearly Jesus chose the second and His will is for us to do the same. (DRM 10/13/16)

5:31, 32    Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. 

    In verse 30, Jesus was asked why he talked and ate with tax collectors & sinners and His answer is above. 
    This section is quite difficult for me in that I want to have fellowship with other believers, but also must know and start to pursue a way to talk or write too non-believers about God's love. . . (DRM 7/21/87)

    Re: verse 32: This answers the following question: {What can I do so my friends will hear God's call to repent?} Tell them. But how do you tell someone they are a sinner and not offend them? I try to have them see that I care about them, then try to apply their situation to knowing Jesus. (DRM 12/16/01)

5:36    And He was also telling them a parable: "No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment, otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.

    When I was younger, I remember the "hippies" who had jeans with many colored patches. Some of the patches were much brighter than the faded jeans, then they separated and looked ragged.
    Jesus was leading to the wineskins (v. 37) which is more important, as it held a liquid that expanded as it aged. While I don't think of patched jeans as Biblical, Jesus shared that He knows everything about everything - and it can be "up-to-date" also! (DRM 1/6/11)

    5:37    "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined."

    This seems to be about the wine fermentation process. As the alcohol is created, the gas expands the wineskin, thus a new wineskin is needed for each new batch. Spiritually, a new believer has a new attitude in life and a new direction; he/she can't go back to the old lifestyle again, as they have been filled with the Holy Spirit and need to develop spiritually in a new way. (DRM 1/6/05)

    There is no salvation in our old skin; we need a new skin to hold the new life. (Word of Life Diary)

6:5    And He was saying to them, "The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."

    The Pharisees objected to picking and eating grain on the Sabbath. As Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus said He was above their rules. Recently I was told not to be bold when sharing my faith, as Jesus wasn't bold. This statement seems to prove otherwise. If I said I was Lord of the Sabbath, that would be a bold statement. I feel that we must be bold in proclaiming our faith to SOME people, and slow, but consistent, with others. (DRM 1/7/05)

6:7    The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him.

    What was more important, to follow the Law or to heal an injured/sick person? It seems that the Pharisees felt the Law was more important. Could they have healed the man (v. 6)?
    By this act, Jesus showed that helping/healing people in need has a precedent over the Law. But how many others would have the power to heal as He did? He is the Author of the Law and is exempt. (DRM 1/7/11)

6:10    And after looking around at them all, He said to him, "Stretch our your hand!" And he did so; and his hand was restored. 

    This answers the following question: {What deed could I do for a handicapped person or someone in need?} While I would like to heal them as Jesus did, reality is that I pray for their healing or help them in some way if I am in their presence. Jesus can and still does heal people. (DRM 12/17/01)

6:14-16    Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James and John; and Philip and Bartholomew; 15and Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot; 16Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

    Here is the whole list of the 12 disciples/apostles. Since all followers then and now could be called disciples of Jesus, apostles refers to these twelve.
    Most, if not all, of these men were generally unknown. He didn't choose the rich and influential, but rather typical working people - and that seems to be the same today - with few exceptions. (DRM 1/8/11)

6:21    Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. 

    This answers the following question: {What godly attitudes need to permeate my life?} Most of the time when I read the beginning of this verse, I've thought of physical hunger, but now I wonder if He really meant spiritual hunger as I need to know Him more. (DRM 12/18/01)  

6:22    "Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and cast insults at you, and spurn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man."

    No earthly person wants to be hated, insulted or spurned. While I don't know that I am "hated," I have been insulted and know of people who don't want to talk to me on account of my faith. When this happens, due to Christ, I smile, as this verse [and the next verse 23] shows me that Jesus will reward that - isn't this just a little of what He did for me? (DRM 1/8/05)

6:27, 28    "But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

    Jesus does not want us (as believers) to act like the rest of the world.
    For each of these four directives, the unbelieving world would do the opposite. e.g. a person comes up and curses you for doing something that is clearly wrong in their eyes. People that are not believers would then retaliate with equally curse words and a fight might ensue. A Christian would apologize and try to correct the perceived error.
    This is a way that the Lord Jesus wants to direct His followers. (DRM 6/26/12)

6:29    Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.

    These thoughts from Jesus are certainly opposite the world's thinking today.
    Our job on earth is to show love to all people, just as Christ did for us. This love is to be unconditional - or to all people - not just those who love us and are part of our spiritual family.
    Would Jesus draw a line - now that more and more Christians are being killed? The Bible doesn't answer this question, but if we die, we know where we are going. (DRM 8/29/14)

6:30    Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.

    This has been a difficult verse for me to follow, as I live on a fixed income and try to run a unprofitable (to date) retail store. Different "customers" come in to ask for money, which is sometimes more than my daily sales - and I have to refuse their requests.
    I think that Jesus spoke these words to those who had the extra income and could afford to give a small amount to those in need. I did that somewhat when I lived in Chicago, until I realized I'd run out of money soon if I didn't get a job.
    For the majority of people, this is clear and direct, and I hope I can follow this in the near future. The second half of this verse is easy. (DRM 1/2/12)

6:31    Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

    This "golden rule" is a easy verse to learn and memorize, but it is quite difficult to put into practice!
    How easy it is to speak without thinking, and then say: "Why did I say that?"
    Lord, help me to think more before I speak! (DRM 7/19/87)

6:32,33    If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

    Here Jesus illustrates what He said in 6:27-30 which basically is to love your enemies and treat them as your friends.
    In today's society, this seems illogical: why would I want to pray for those who curse me (v. 28)?
    It's easy to love those who also love you, but I think Jesus said this because He wants ALL people in His Kingdom - and they will want to come if they see believers treat them with love and respect even if they don't "deserve" it. They will desire to improve their ways and want to act more like Jesus' example - given through us as believers. (DRM 7/13/13)

6:34    And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, in order to receive back the same amount. 

    Really, Jesus is saying that we shouldn't be attached to material possessions - including money - as we can't take it to Heaven. Several times I have lent people money or books or videos - never to see them again. It's difficult to give up something as a loan - and later realize that it will never return - but "in a few years" or less, I won't need any possessions anyway. (DRM 1/9/05)

6:35, 36    But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

    Over the years, I have had people that have "taken advantage" of me. People who clearly lied to me to get me to do something and people who have borrowed money or books and never returned them. Here I (we) are told to forgive EVERYONE for their deeds and not to dwell on the problem. Sometimes it's hard - but I have dealt with it, and keep going on - trusting in Jesus. (DRM 1/9/11)

6:37    And do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.

    This answers the following question: {How can I apply one of these commands today?} At least I can do one out of three of these. The first two I admit that I need the Holy Spirit's help on. Lord, help me not to judge others so quickly or condemn them for their opinions. (DRM 12/19/01)

6:42    Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye', when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.

    What can't we see in ourselves that we can see in others? SIN. Sure, I have been convicted of sin by the Holy Spirit, but some sin others can see in me that I'm not aware of in my personality.
    How can I go and tell others of their sins if I don't correct my own sins? We need a Christian friend to honestly tell us of our sins and help us to remove them from our lives. Only Jesus was sinless, but we should try to eliminate as many as possible.
    Christian friends can help find sins, but only we can eliminate them. It's a lifelong process to be more like Jesus. (DRM 10/11/16)

6:45    The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.

    The "treasure of his heart" is the indwelling Holy Spirit, or lack of it. The actions that people do are based on their heart attitude. A non-Christian is unlikely to read the Bible 30 minutes a day - unless they are searching. A Christian is unlikely to take the Lord's name in vain (curse). Only God=Jesus knows the heart, but we should see the evidence by their actions. Do my actions show the Holy Spirit in me? (DRM 1/10/11)

6:46    'And why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord', and do not do what I say?'

    I can imagine church-going non-believers that know of Jesus in their mind - as I did - and praying, "Lord, Lord." Unless they are telling Him that they will listen and follow Him in their heart, He won't listen or act on their requests. Without Jesus in my heart, I would never have the Holy Spirit within me to direct me and to hear what the Father or Jesus is telling me. (DRM 1/10/05)

6:48    he is like a man building a house who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it. . . 

    This answers the following question: {Upon what spiritual foundations should I be building my life?} This verse reminds me of the foundation that is needed to build a strong spiritual house. That seems to me to be continuous study of His Word as a base before service. (DRM 12/20/01)

6:49    ". . . But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great."

    There have been floods all over the world lately after heavy rains. I've seen videos of houses being swept down river which really illustrate Jesus' point here.
    The spiritual foundation we need is the Word of God=the Bible. There are many people who know about Jesus in their head and believe He existed, but never put their full trust in Him - they had no foundation.
    Jesus is our rock, the true foundation we need in our lives. Believe in the words He said, understand the applications in how to live a life devoted to Him. Have absolute faith in Jesus - you'll never regret it. (DRM 6/5/17)

7:7    (the centurion leader wrote a note to Jesus stating) for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 

    This answers the following question: {What characteristics in myself do I see represented in the centurion?} Like the centurion, I don't feel worthy to speak to God, or His Son Jesus. The centurion showed his faith by believing that whatever Jesus said would occur. Jesus wants me to believe His words as written in the Bible. (DRM 12/21/01)

    My first thought would be that I would personally go to Jesus to ask Him for healing for the servant. This centurion sent others to do that, but still he believed that Jesus could do the healing. This showed the faith the leader had in Jesus' abilities and Jesus healed the servant without being there. With faith, He can heal my ills also. (DRM 1/11/05)

7:9    Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, "I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith."

    The centurion's servant was ill, and the centurion asked his slave to ask Jesus for healing. As Jesus approached, the centurion said if Jesus just spoke, that the slave would be healed. Jesus marveled at the centurion's faith in this verse.
    Do I (we) also have faith that Jesus=God can do things for us? I truly believe that prayer really does go to Jesus and is acted upon. He hears our prayers of faith. (DRM 1/11/11)

7:14, 15    And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise!" 15And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother. 

    When I think of Jesus raising people from the dead, I always think of Lazarus, but there were other occasions like this where Jesus did similar things. This reminds me that, by trusting in Jesus, He can do anything He wants. He can change me however He wants - if I only have faith. (DRM 1/14/05)

    When I (we) think of Jesus raising someone from the dead, I usually think of Lazarus, but there were others - and this is one of them.
    Jesus was a miracle worker then, and still is today, because He is still alive to work miracles! (DRM 1/12/11)

7:22    And He answered and said to them, "Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. . . "

    John the Baptist, through his disciples, asked if Jesus was the "Expected One" (v. 19). This was most of Jesus' answer.
    How many people who ever lived on earth could do all the things that Jesus mentioned in this verse? Some doctors can do these healings individually, but not all of them. Without doubt, only Jesus can truly raise people from the dead. He is our Lord. He is God in the flesh. (DRM 7/10/12)

7:28    (Jesus said) "I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he." 

    John the Baptist was a great man of God, but all the others in the Kingdom are greater than he?
    We must always remember that we are servants of the Lord. As in a democracy, the leaders are the servants elected by the people to serve their needs.
    Everyone in Heaven is a servant. (DRM 5/6/87)

    John the Baptist was a great servant of God. He was at the bottom in worldly terms. He even ate insects to keep alive, yet he was on earth to proclaim Jesus' arrival. While I am not as poor as he was in earthly terms, I could also be used of God as he was. I hope that God will use me as He did John the Baptist. (DRM 1/15/05)

7:31, 32    To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.'

    This is a quote from Jesus. It seems that "this generation" is always current. People expected John the Baptist or Jesus to act or do things in a certain way. They wanted to play the flute - or tell Him what to do - instead of the other way around. Jesus knew what He came to do, but the people, even today, expect something else. We must be submissive to His will - not the other way. (DRM 1/13/11)

    But the crowds following John, then Jesus, missed the message. People were attracted to Jesus' miracles rather than His point: repent and change your mind about what it means to be blessed. (Word of Life Diary)

7:38    . . . and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.

    There are different versions of this story in the gospels. In this version the woman is only identified as a sinner. Jesus understood her heart and that she wanted forgiveness for her past sins. The Pharisee who owned the home seemingly didn't understand that Jesus as God could forgive sins (v. 39), thinking Jesus was only a prophet.
    The woman knew who Jesus was and the Pharisee didn't. That could also happen today if we invite unknown people for dinner. Some quiet, 'unknown' people on earth today will be very well known for their faith in Heaven. (DRM 11/30/16)

    Dear Lord, help me to see people as You see them not important because of what they can do or how they look, but because they are made in God's image and You loved them enough to die for them. (from Our Daily Bread, 11/28/16)

7:44    And turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair."

    Simon was not the disciple here, but the name of the Pharisee whose house Jesus was visiting. The woman had many sins that needed forgiving, but the Pharisee claimed few. Jesus pointed out that her actions showed her desire to be forgiven, whereas his didn't. The attitude that I have makes a difference in all parts of my life. (DRM 1/16/05)

7:45, 46    You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.

    Different people in different countries throughout the world have their own customs or traditions. The traditions we have today are different than those of 2,000 years ago.
    Apparently in that time the Pharisee (v. 36) who invited Jesus to dinner did not do these customs. The woman did far more than what was the custom - desiring forgiveness for her sins. She knew who He was and the Pharisee, by his title, probably didn't believe He was more than a teacher (v. 40).
    As Christians, we know Jesus is God. He deserves everything we can give Him, based on His dying on the cross for our sins. (DRM 11/30/17)

7:47    For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."

    This passage does not say what the woman's sin was, but leaves that to our imagination. She had a lot of sins and the Pharisee, who's home He was in, thought he had little or no sin.
    The woman gave Jesus all her attention by wiping His feet with her tears and perfume (v. 38).
    In this verse, Jesus pointed out that the woman had a lot of sins forgiven, whereas the Pharisee had few sins and gave Him less attention, had few or no sins forgiven. The woman loved Jesus more than the Pharisee did. (DRM 4/18/12)

7:49    Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this man who even forgives sins?"

    Jesus' feet had just been anointed with perfume (v. 38) by the woman and Jesus forgave her sins.
    Since He was at a Pharisee's home, there were questions, as they were not yet believers. As an unbeliever, they rightly felt that only God can forgive sins - but they still needed to understand that Jesus is God. (DRM 1/14/11)

8:3    and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means. 

    This answers the following question: {What can I do to support missions and motivate others to do likewise?} The people in today's verse were "unknown" because they didn't preach, but donated money to the cause. Those of us who can't or are fearful of speaking can help pay the expenses of the more vocal ones. (DRM 12/22/01)

8:5    "The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up.

    This is the beginning of the "Parable of the Sower." After Jesus gave the parable, He explained it to His disciples. This verse is explained in verse 12: "Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved."
    Certainly part of God's will for each of us is to share the gospel with others in some way. We can't control how the receiver will react from what we have presented. We have to put out the seeds and pray that some will grow well and bear fruit (v. 15). (DRM 2/14/17)

8:10    And He said, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND."

    Two people listen to a parable of Jesus. One totally understands its meaning and the other gets nothing from it. Why? When a person makes a commitment to trust in Jesus with their soul for all future events, then the Holy Spirit enters and suddenly we can understand the Bible, and these parables, in a new way. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes to the Truth. (DRM 1/15/11)

    Parables are illustrations of the truth and not purveyors of truth. (Word of Life Diary)

8:14    "And the seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity."

    While I want to be a "good soil" Christian, sometimes I think I'm closer to the one who fell among thorns. Only one or two people have told me that my witness caused them to come to Christ, and any others who might have are invisible to me. Perhaps I am like the sower of bookmarks, and hope that my life will be in good soil. (DRM 1/17/05)

8:15    "And the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. 

    This answers the following question: {How does this parable help you in sharing your faith with others?} When the seeds are distributed, the sower doesn't know what will become of them. That's why many seeds need to be sown. Only God knows which seeds will grow in good soil. (DRM 12/23/01) I consider the bookmarks to be seeds. (DRM 2/16/05)

8:16    "Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. . . "

    This verse, like so many others, has a literal and spiritual interpretation. Of course the literal is easy. In those days, a lamp held a fire. . .
    Spiritually, the Lord wants us to show/share our knowledge and good works to unbelievers - so they will also want to come to the Lord - the Source of our light. (DRM 1/16/11)

8:24    And they came to Him and woke Him up, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm.

    Why did the wind descend on the lake [verse 23]? Jesus' Father wouldn't do that, but Satan, who lives on the earth, could have done this, I think. As soon as Jesus was awake, He was in control again. When I get diverted away from the Lord - a.k.a. temptation - sometimes it's hard to get back on track. I must stay the course! (DRM 1/17/05)

    [re: 8:24b] When a non-Christian reads this verse, I wonder what they think. Who was this Man and what power did He have to do this? I thank God for enlightening me as to the real meaning of Jesus Christ in my life! (DRM 8/14/87)

8:33    And the demons came out form the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned. 

    This legion of demons knew Jesus and who He is. They were afraid to die in the abyss [verse 31], so asked Him to let them in the swine nearby. Why they rushed down the bank is a mystery to me. Meanwhile the man's personality dramatically changed, but the villagers didn't believe until later. 
    I must continuously trust that Jesus can do anything! (DRM 1/17/05)

8:34    When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country.

    What did the herdsmen SEE when Jesus sent the man's demons into the swine? They saw Jesus come and a herd of swine run into the lake and drown. They didn't see the benefit to the man, but the "murder" of the pigs. That's why they didn't want Jesus to stay longer. (DRM 1/17/11)

8:43, 44    And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, 44came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.

    Jesus knew how to draw a crowd. He constantly healed people in need and performed other miracles. This brought people to listen to His preaching. In that day, like today, I doubt that people would crowd to hear a sermon unless there was another reason to go. For D. L. Moody, it was the singing. There is usually another attraction.
    Whatever the reason, people need to hear the Word of God and respond to the words that were written  thousands of years ago. God has not changed, we still need Him and to give our life and devotion to Him and Him alone. (DRM 3/14/16)

8:47    When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed.

    This woman had faith that if she would only touch Jesus' cloak (v. 44) that she would be healed of her hemorrhage. Really, Jesus healed her before He met her. Her faith made her well.
    While Jesus isn't physically on earth today, He still heals people - and it's based on faith. The mystery is how He chooses who He will heal, as I know faithful people who haven't been healed. (DRM 1/18/11)

8:50    But when Jesus heard this [the child had died], He answered him, " 'Do not be afraid any longer,' only believe, and she shall be made well."

    In every instance that I can think of, Jesus healed people because of their, or a friend/relatives faith in Jesus being able to do the healing. Without faith, they wouldn't have come to Jesus. I'm sure that the work that He did should have caused more people to trust in Him. It helps me to. (DRM 1/18/05)

9:1    And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons, and to heal diseases. 

    Jesus gave the 12 apostles two incredible gifts here. To be able to heal people of their diseases is truly a wonderful gift. It this exists today, I believe it is rare. 
    Today's world's healers are called physicians and only a few truly trust in the Lord or admit to His input, rather, depending on "miracle drugs," instead of the miracles of Christ. 
    Trusting in Jesus today can remove demons. (DRM 1/19/05) 

9:2    And He sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to perform healing.

    This refers to "the twelve" disciples/apostles . . . and leads me to a question.
    The disciples were told to proclaim the Kingdom of God - and we are also told to do that today. The disciples were told to perform healing, and God heals people today. But why aren't Jesus' disciples' able to perform healings today?
    It's not that God=Jesus doesn't heal people, because the evidence is all around - and people testify that He does that.
    I think the answer is that we need more faith - both the disciple and the receiver - that He can and will do this today. (DRM 7/7/14)

9:3    And He said to them, "Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece.

    Times have changed - even in my lifetime. When I was younger it wasn't unusual for friends and relatives to visit unannounced. Today if I want to see almost anyone, I have to make an appointment.
    Referring to this verse, the disciples in that time were welcomed and fed when visiting a city. How far would I get today with no food or money to pay for it? Today's society seems more "greedy" or self-centered to take care of only themselves. (DRM 1/19/11)

9:16    And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the multitude. 

    This answers the following question: {What can I do to minister to the physical needs of others?} In this verse, Jesus blessed the bread and "kept giving them" to the crowd. We can multiply God's blessings by our donations to His Kingdom through our service and our monetary gifts. (DRM 12/24/01)

    The feeding of the five thousand has been familiar to me for years, but today this verse got my attention. Jesus blessed the food, broke it, AND KEPT GIVING them the food. The food had multiplied in Jesus' hands before it was given out. All the groups of 50 were fed. The miracle was in Jesus' hands - like it should be for everything we ask of Him. (DRM 1/20/05)

9:17    And they all ate and were satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full.

    Jesus started with five loaves and two fish (v. 13) to feed 5,000 men; not counting women and children.
    We don't know how Jesus fed all these people. The only clue I can see is "He blessed them (food) and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people" (v. 16). The Source of the food was Jesus; like manna during the Exodus or the water into wine. We don't know how He did it. The point is He did, and we need faith that He will also help us when we need Him. He has provided in the past and will do so in the future if we come and trust Him. (DRM 2/18/16)

9:22    saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day."

    Jesus knew His future. If I knew my future, I'd probably want to alter some of the details. He could have changed His own death if He wanted to; but He knew His purpose for being on earth - and that was to be our sin payment to the Father.
    Thank God that Jesus went through with His reason for living. (DRM 1/20/11)

9:23    And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.

    Following Jesus isn't doing your own thing. Following Jesus is following! This requires total submission to His will and not my own. When the Holy Spirit directs me (us) to do something, DO IT. For ours is not to reason why, ours is just to do or die. A disciple follows the Leader. (DRM 1/21/11)

9:24    For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 

    This answers the following question: {What changes in my commitment would Christ require of me?} A follower of Christ is NOT someone who goes and does as he pleases. With the example of Christ, I need to be a servant to others in some way. There are many choices and I pray the Holy Spirit will teach me His desires. (DRM 12/25/01)

    Many people want to live forever. They want to save their lives on their own. Jesus said that the people that are 'on their own' will lose their eternal lives in Heaven. However, those of us who give up their 'on their own' lives for Jesus to run His way - they will have eternal life with Him. Praise the Lord that I know my trust is in Him. Sometimes I need reminding!! (DRM 1/21/05)

9:25    For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?

    A person can spend their whole life making money and then more money. Nothing is more important to them than continuing to make more money. Then he/she has a bigger house and "toys" with all the money they have earned.
    If a person has all this money and doesn't have the Lord Jesus in their heart, then where will they go for eternity? Hell. So their priority (money) gained them comfort in this world, but not the next. They forfeit eternal life in Heaven for comfort while they are on earth.
    Keep our priority on serving Jesus, and not on earning more money, then the future will be much brighter! (DRM 8/24/12)

9:26    For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

    Jesus is coming back. No one knows the day or the hour, but I believe it could be any day now. When He returns, He will take believers to Heaven to be with Him.
    If we are ashamed of what He said while on earth, are we truly believers? While it may be difficult to share Christ with others, the heart attitude about what He said and did is what is all important to Him.
    Be bold, share the Good News of Jesus. Don't be ashamed of what He did for our salvation. (DRM 6/28/13)

9:27    But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God."

    Until recently, I thought this verse was a mystery, as usually I try to interpret a verse on its own, and not in context as much as I should.
    This verse seems to refer to the following verses. Peter, James and John (v. 28) saw the transfiguration of Jesus (v. 29) and Moses and Elijah were with Him (v. 30). This was like seeing the Kingdom of God. It certainly proved that Jesus was Who He said He was.
    As Christians, we can also see the Kingdom of God very soon. (DRM 10/23/13)

9:41    And Jesus answered and said, "You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here."

    I can think of different thing to write about this verse. Jesus thought "this generation" didn't have enough faith. Jesus seemed to be acquainted with more than one generation. Jesus was telling them that He wouldn't be on earth very long.
    No matter how much faith I have in His provision, I always need more. Jesus would be right to "scold" me as well. We (I) always need faith. (DRM 1/22/11)

9:42    And while he was still approaching, the demon dashed him to the ground, and threw him into a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 

    Demons are rarely referred to today, but not because they don't exist! I think the medical condition of epilepsy is similar. Today's modern medicine has a drug for this, but I wonder if a spiritual cure like Jesus gave could help these people. I need to trust totally on Jesus for all of my needs; spiritual, mental, and physical. (DRM 1/22/05)

9:48    and [Jesus] said to them, "Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for he who is least among you, this is the one who is great."

    This answers the following question: {What characteristic is needed in my life to be great?} First we must receive Christ as a child [born-again] then we must be servants to others as well as to Jesus in doing His will while we are here. (DRM 12/26/01)

9:49, 50    John answered and said, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us." 50But Jesus said to him, "Do not hinder him, for he who is not against you is for you."

    There were far more people that trusted in Jesus as their Savior than the 12 disciples. As Jesus preached in various locations, there were probably thousands of believers who wanted to do as He taught.
    While the man casting out demons was not in the "inner circle," he was likely one of the thousands of newer believers. He was doing what Jesus wanted done. He was not an enemy, but did this in the Lord Jesus' name.
    We should not complain how other people in other churches worship, so long as they put their trust fully in Jesus. It's what is in the heart that matters. (DRM 1/14/16)

9:54-56    And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" 55But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; 56for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."] And they went on to another village. 

    It seems that James and John wanted vengeance, or to punish people who weren't agreeing with their plans. While I would like many to receive Christ, getting rejection shouldn't make me want to hurt them. We all have free wills. Only a few will accept Christ. (DRM 1/23/05)

9:57-58    As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, "I will follow You wherever You go." 58And Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."

    My understanding of this conversation is that to live for Christ, you must be willing to give up everything. All material possessions. The foxes and the birds don't accumulate all the "stuff" in life that humans do. We can't take it with us.
    In a spiritual way, we (I) also have to give up all hopes and plans and do only as He leads. (DRM 1/23/11)

    All earthly relationships, even good ones, must pale in comparison to our commitment to Christ. (Word of Life Diary)

9:59    And He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father."

    This is almost the same as what happened to me. I was working for a Christian organization then was called home by my family to help take care of my father until he passed away.
    The Lord Jesus wants our absolute commitment to Him and not on earthly desires. According to the Bible, my being with my father was sin. I hope Jesus will forgive me for what I did wrong. (DRM 4/27/12)

9:60    Jesus said to him; "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the Kingdom of God."

    I have read this verse before and  am reminded of my own excuses for not witnessing to people about Jesus Christ.
    The dead in Christ don't even know He exists, but those who are alive in Christ should be out proclaiming the Good News that He is alive!
    Lord, help me be a better witness of your eternal love. (DRM 8/17/87)

    This answers the following question: {What would keep you from following Jesus?} It seems that I have diversions, excuses, responsibilities and bills to pay - all of which hinder me from serving Jesus as I feel He wants me to. However, my devotion to Him is still here. (DRM 12/27/01)

9:61, 62    Another also said, "I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home." 62But Jesus said to him, "No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

    These are difficult verses for me. When I first trusted in Jesus, I had a family and would have said the same type thing. Maybe I don't understand because I wouldn't have taken long to say good-bye.
    Perhaps Jesus wanted to emphasize that serving God is to be higher priority than anything on earth. Once we start His work, we are not to go back to doing worldly things again.
    It is difficult to be in the world and also serve Jesus. I need His forgiveness for trying to do both at the same time. (DRM 8/31/15)

    In today's passage, Jesus warns that following Him may not be easy and comfortable. It requires precedence over all other relationships, a single-minded focus, wholehearted pursuit, and an undivided commitment (vv. 59-62). God in His great mercy has given every believer the Holy Spirit to help us live a life that is pleasing to Him. (from Our Daily Bread, INSIGHT 8/31/15)

10:1    Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.

    To me the important word in this verse is "pairs." God=Jesus doesn't want us to be alone and knows that another person can motivate you (me) to get more things done - spiritually and physically.
    I am absolutely convinced if I had another like-minded person to do things - like evangelism - with that I'd have a more fruitful life in all respects. (DRM 1/24/11)

10:2    And He was saying to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

    This answers the following question: {What two ways can I be involved in missions?} I try to "plant seeds" when I can, in season, and pray for opportunities to talk to people individually - which is hard in a controlled work setting. Perhaps I should do more with missionaries. (DRM 12/28/01)

10:3    "Go your ways; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves."

    Jesus is sending out 70 "others" to spread the gospel to the towns before His arrival. Like many other times in the Bible, believers are compared to sheep, perhaps because we are totally dependent on our Leader for direction in all of our thoughts, like sheep. Like the 70 "others," the world is full of wolves who want to attack different areas of my faith when least expected. I must depend on Jesus to lead me on the path and point me to goals that will honor Him. (DRM 1/24/05)

10:4    Carry no money belt, no bag, no shoes, and greet no one on the way.

    Jesus was sending the disciples out in pairs to tell people of His coming arrival to their city (v. 1).
    The instructions in this verse would be difficult to follow today - so I would think it would be difficult for those 70 (v. 1) disciples to observe also. Society is different today, it would be harder to just go and stay at a unknown person's home (vv. 5-7) unannounced today.
    The point to us should be to put all our dependence on Jesus. He will provide for all our needs in life. Not necessarily our wants, but the necessities to those who put all their faith in Him. (DRM 7/5/17)

10:10, 11    . . . But whatever city you enter and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11'Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet be sure of this, that the Kingdom of God has come near.'

    The larger group of disciples (70) were being sent ahead of Jesus' arrival in pairs. Jesus knew that in some cities the news would be welcomed and other cities the news and the disciples would not be welcomed. These two verses refer, in part, to the cities that didn't want the message.
    Certainly this situation has not changed in the past 2,000 years. Some cities and the people who live in them, still don't want to hear or believe the message of salvation in Christ alone.
    Our message today is to other people in our cities or acquaintances. If they don't receive Him, they will someday know that "the Kingdom of God has come near," and we will have no regrets for doing as Jesus instructed. (DRM 5/26/17)

      The time of judgment that is most certainly coming has its own set time in God's calendar. Before it arrives, each human being who hears the gospel has the freedom to believe it or reject it. (from Our Daily Bread INSIGHT DENNIS FISHER 5/23/17 )

10:16    He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.

    Another complicated verse at first . . . Jesus is speaking. If anyone listens to me, I am representing Christ in my speech. If someone rejects my Christlike speech, they reject Christ Himself. If a person rejects the teaching and beliefs of Christ, then they are also rejecting God. (DRM 8/6/87)

10:17    The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name."

    I have had a lot of spiritual attacks in the past few days and am sure that it is demon caused. After listening to their attacks, I get fear. Sometimes I wait for too long, then remember to pray, "In Jesus name leave me," over and over, then I calm down. It MUST be Jesus that moves them on - through the Holy Spirit. (DRM 1/25/11)

10:19    Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.

    Jesus told this to the seventy disciples that had just returned from spiritually harvesting (10:2) or evangelizing to the people in the countryside. This verse was directed to those 70 disciples, and not necessarily all who have trusted in Him. I'm not going to test this myself!
    Jesus loves those who love Him. He protects us in various ways that we may see or not see. Without Jesus' love and protection, it seems that non-believers have more troubles and pains in life - but we, as believers, are not exempt. We all will have various trials. (DRM 11/30/15)

10:20    "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven."

    This answers the following question: {How am I rejoicing?} This verse helps me with my confidence. No matter what happens to me, I know that eventually I will be in heaven! I thank the Lord every day for this gift and pray that He will use me to show others the way. (DRM 12/29/01)

    I can never thank Jesus enough for allowing me to know Him as my personal Savior. Without that, I would not be entering Heaven. This verse Jesus said to the 70 "others" when they returned from sharing the gospel. Jesus had protected them from injury [verse 19] and probably many learned about Jesus and the gospel. Lord, make me bolder each day to tell others of You. (DRM 1/25/05)


    According to Jesus, this is how a person will receive eternal life with Him. Now we have to apply every word in our lives.
    The initial decision to follow Christ with every part of our being is the point of salvation. This refers to our personal being. Perhaps the hardest part is to love our neighbors, as that's EVERYONE else on earth.
    Jesus set the example in washing feet and serving others. He has given each of us a job to fulfill {to serve) while on earth. The hard part for me is knowing what He wants me to do for Him today. (DRM 11/11/15)

10:33    "But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,"

    This verse is from The Good Samaritan section. Both of the people who passed by this man were religious Jews. I think the Samaritan's were like the working class. God doesn't want anyone to think they are "better" than others - especially when they are in need! Most of the year I feel that my bills are higher than my income, and it's hard to give money away, but helping people in need doesn't happen often. (DRM 1/26/05)

10:34    . . . and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.

    The "Good Samaritan" in this story seems to have been prepared for any eventuality according to this verse. He had all the supplies necessary to help the man. That doesn't excuse the other two men from helping, but also shows the Samaritan's experience and compassion for someone in need.
    Not only do we need compassion for the physically and spiritually needy, but we also need to be physically and spiritually prepared to help others. Maybe their need is to know Christ as Savior. Then can we help with that need? Are we prepared? (DRM 8/20/15)

10:35    On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.'

    This "Good Samaritan" had compassion for the man who was injured and stripped by robbers. Others just walked by and ignored the man.
    Nothing has changed for the past 2,000 years. Most people would walk by the person in need - especially if seen in a big city. We don't know what caused the condition that caused his/her need in the first place and "don't want to get involved."
    Jesus=God wants us to go against our "instinct" and think more of others. I know this is a challenge for me - but we all have to try harder - especially if we KNOW the circumstances that caused the problem. (DRM 1/28/15)

10:36    ". . . which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?"

    This is from "The Good Samaritan." Since the priest (v. 31) and the Levite (v. 32) didn't even stop to help the robbed and beaten man, the answer was obviously the good Samaritan.
    God wants us to help people in need. There are different types of needs - not just material. How about helping a person who has a spiritual need? I can still do that without financial expense. (DRM 1/26/11)

10:37    And he said, "The one who showed mercy toward him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same."

    This is the final verse in 'The Good Samaritan' story. While the priest (v. 31) and the Levite (v. 32) passed the robbed and beaten man on the side of the road, the Samaritan helped the man back to his feet - literally and financially (v. 33-35).
    What am I doing to help others in need? There are lots of options, and not all of them cost a lot of money. (DRM 6/20/12)

10:38    Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.

    This is our introduction to Martha and Mary, and in another book (John 11:5), their brother Lazarus.
    Martha was the woman who invited Jesus into their house, but it seems to me that Mary and Lazarus later got most of the attention - perhaps because Martha was busy cooking and preparing for things in the background.
    We all have different gifts and I think one of mine is a little like Martha's: in organizing things in the background.
    What is your gift? Only a few are called to be preachers/teachers. (DRM 6/21/14)

10:39    She [Martha] had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word.

    Mary must have heard of Jesus before He came to visit and wanted to hear what the "celebrity" had to say. Martha was busy preparing a meal for them to eat and got frustrated that Mary wasn't helping. (v. 40)
    Mary was receiving spiritual food that is essential for life, whereas Martha's priority was physical food for the guest.
    Jesus as Lord can provide both kinds of food as necessary. After receiving His spiritual nourishment (the Word), He will also provide physical nourishment as needed. (DRM 10/13/11)

10:40    But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me."

    Jesus wants our full attention. When He was on earth, He knew He wouldn't be staying long, but Martha, probably thinking He was a young man, was more involved in preparing dinner. Martha's sister, Mary, had the desire to learn from Jesus - which was the correct attitude. Jesus wasn't worried about food - He could provide for them all if necessary. (DRM 1/27/11)

10:41    But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;"

    Martha's sister, Mary, wanted to listen to the Lord Jesus speak, while Martha was busy on preparations for His arrival. Jesus knew His time on earth would be short, and He doesn't want us distracted by anything - rather to listen to Him and to do His will. As He said in verse 42, Mary had chosen the good part by listening to Him. I must learn to avoid all my distractions and keep growing in Him. (DRM 1/27/05)

10:41b, 42    Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things: but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. 

    This answers the following question: {What causes me to worry and keeps me from listening to God's Word?} Like Martha, I am constantly distracted and doing things that have no eternal purpose. I worry about my health and don't trust Him enough. Lord, lead me to ignore the unnecessary. (DRM 12/30/01)

11:1    It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples."

    Prayer to talking to God=Jesus. I can't imagine not doing it, but wonder, like the disciple mentioned here, if I am doing it right. If Jesus thought prayer was necessary; we must also.
    Jesus prayed to His Father, we are also to pray to the Father, but also to Jesus as our intermediary. We don't pray to the Holy Spirit or anyone else.
    "The Lord's Prayer" that follows is a suggested format that we can alter, but want to contain all the elements in our prayers. I'm not sure that Jesus intended us to pray the format word for word, but most of us do on occasion. (DRM 6/7/15)

11:2    And He said to them, "When you pray, say:
            Father, hallowed be Your name.
            Your kingdom come.

    Jesus' disciples asked how to pray (v. 1). This is the beginning of what Jesus said.
    His (Jesus') purpose was to glorify the Father (God), and not Himself - as He was a servant. He wants us to worship/hallow the true God that created the Universe and every cell in our bodies.
    A new kingdom is coming Jesus said so right here. God will be in charge - and His family of believers will rule that Kingdom. I'm looking forward to this new kingdom and hope you are also. (DRM 9/4/13)

11:2-4    And He said to them,
              "When you pray, say:
              'Father, hallowed be Your name.
              Your kingdom come.
            3Give us each day our daily bread.
            4And forgive us our sins,
              For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
              And lead us not into temptation.' "

    This is a different version of the well-known "Lord's Prayer." Every Bible seemingly changes the wording slightly. There are many things that can be written about the words in this prayer. I can't write all of them in this space.
    The disciples asked Jesus how they should pray, so this is a format on what we should include when praying to God.
    For just the first line, we are to "hallow" or honor His name. When mentioning God or Jesus it must be to give Him honor. So many people curse using the Name in a wrong attitude.
    When saying His name to others, give it the respect He deserves. (DRM 11/15/17)

11:8    "I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs."

    While it seems that this parable is about a neighbor asking a neighbor for bread, it could also be an example of our asking God for gifts. Apparently, if we are persistent enough and truly love the Father - He will give us the gift we request. I see the word "needs" which isn't the same as wants. Jesus will give us what we NEED. (DRM 1/28/05)

11:9    "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. . . "

    I think this is misinterpreted. How I would like everything that I ask for! At the end of this statement (v. 13), Jesus says, " . . . your heavenly Father (will) give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him."
    We (I) do get things I ask for - sometimes - and when He is ready to give the requested item. Sometimes NO is better for us. (DRM 1/28/11)

11:10    For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

    Jesus' illustration with this verse reminds us that human fathers love their children and would not give them bad things  because of their love.
    God does the same things, He gives us, as His children, good things if we ask for them. What we think is a good thing - then ask for it - may not be good in the Father's eyes, so those things we don't get. We don't understand heavenly perspective since we are on earth.
    In v. 13, Jesus said those who ask for the Holy Spirit would receive it. This is something that we can always use more of - and will direct us more towards doing God's will in our lives. (DRM 5/18/16)

11:11, 12    Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?

    God=Jesus wants only the best for us. A human father would not want to hurt his son with a poisonous animal when he needs food - so God wouldn't want to harm His children either.
    While it sometimes seems that God is not listening to our requests, He is always working "behind the scenes" and will give us what He deems to be appropriate in His time. I (we) just need patience that He knows what is best for us today. (DRM 6/17/12)

11:13    "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?"

    This answers the following question: {How can the application of these comments encourage my prayer life?} If we don't ask God for anything, by praying, He probably wont' give it to us. Prayer is our way of communication to God. If we want Him to hear us, we have to talk - via prayer. (DRM 12/31/01)

11:17    But He knew their thoughts and said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls.

    Jesus had just cast a demon from a mute man (v. 14) and the onlookers thought He was casting the demon out by the power of Satan. The point is that there is a spiritual battle between God and Satan. Since Satan put the demon in the person, Satan wouldn't want to take it out, only the other side (God) would want to help the innocent victim. (DRM 1/29/11)

11:27, 28    And it came about while He said these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice, and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts at which You nursed." 28But He said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it."

    This answers the following question: {How can I experience Christ's blessing in my life today?} Rather than emphasizing the mother of Jesus, He wants us to dwell on His words as written in the Bible. My goals should be to learn more and more about Him this year and for eternity. (DRM 1/1/02)

    I've seen statues of Jesus' mother, Mary, in churches and even on lawns of houses. I wonder if the people who put them up are worshipping the wrong person. Jesus' opinion on this is clear: He wants us to worship God and to do His will. My job is to serve God=Jesus and no one else. (DRM 1/29/05)

11:32    "The men of Nineveh shall stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here."

    Jesus seemed frustrated here that few people saw "the light" of His arrival. In this verse, He recalls that when Jonah preached in Nineveh that the city repented and followed God. Now when Jesus preached, the priests and Pharisees [at least] did not understand that they should repent like the Ninevites did. Jesus is not physically here, so we have the same problem today. This generation also needs a light. (DRM 1/30/05)

11:34, 35    The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness.

    Jesus can be represented as different things. Here Jesus is the Light that we should follow. We have to see the Light and receive it, internalize it, comprehend it, have it grow within us, then share it with others.
    If we don't let the Light in, then we will have darkness within - and those without the Light, share their darkness (bad thoughts) with others - the opposite of what followers of Christ should be doing. (DRM 1/30/11)

11:36    Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.

    Only Jesus Christ can light the lamp within us. I realize that a small candle is within me, but there is a lot of room for more light!!
    Lord, help me to be more willing to let Your light shine into my life, so that I can be more like You every day. (DRM 6/16/87)

11:46    But He said, "Woe to you lawyers as well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers.

    I was confused over the term "lawyers" here, then the clarification, "experts in the Mosaic Law," which would be like priests or theologians.
    These "lawyers" told people how to interpret the Law and tied up their lives with regulations, but they didn't follow the same Law according to Jesus.
    Thankfully, Christians have the Holy Spirit who gives us discernment on what to do in life's situations. (DRM 1/31/11)

11:47    Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them.

    Jesus insulted the Pharisees and the lawyers in this passage. He wanted them to know that God sent prophets to the Israelites for generations and they were always killed from the disbelief of these groups. Here was their final opportunity to repent, and the result was that they planned and plotted against Him [verse 54]. Thank you Jesus for coming, even though You knew in advance that they would kill You too. (DRM 1/31/05)

12:4    "I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.

    This quote of Jesus seems to be the response to today's news - as the Moslem extremists go around killing Jews and Christians nearly every day now.
    God knows everything  - including who the terrorists will kill next. With a wonderful Heaven awaiting, we, as believers, have nothing to fear, as we will then be with Jesus immediately.
    I used to say, "I'm not afraid of death, but the process scares me." Even though we don't know all the details on "the other side," we know it will be so much better than here - so don't worry about the inevitable - Jesus will have a great future planned for us. (DRM 1/11/15)

12:5    But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!"

    A person must believe God exists first. Then they need basic knowledge of how He controls our lives and the universe as a whole. Then we are in the position to fear our Creator - who has the power over Heaven and earth.
    We (I) are to do as we are told - but it must be from the Holy Spirit and not some other voice. The Holy Spirit will be consistent with what the Bible says - or just follow the Bible if the Holy Spirit is quiet. (DRM 2/1/11)

    Jesus is saying that present power, present wealth, and present life all of which the Pharisees had are the enemies of a genuine relationship with God. They must be forsaken in search of the eternal. Eternal life is not an extension of present life; it is a gift from Almighty God for anyone who requests it. (Word of Life Diary)

12:8    "And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man shall confess him also before the angels of God."

    Yesterday I filled out a job application that asked "how do you know you're a Christian?" and I wrote something like 'before I was a Christian I served only myself, but after knowing Christ, I wanted to serve Him.' The Holy Spirit took up residence in me and I wanted to tell others of His love somehow. This verse assures me that He is watching our actions on earth, and He will allow us to be with Him forever, so long as we confess Him as Lord. (DRM 2/12/05)

12:11, 12    When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.

    When I am in the position to tell others about Jesus Christ, I still hesitate and fear saying the "wrong" things. On the rare occasions where I was specifically asked about the Lord the words DID come out, but I didn't think of what to say in advance. I need more confidence to speak out and tell people about the Lord and what He can do for us.  (DRM 2/27/87)

    [referring to verse 12]:    This answers the following question: {How am I improving my record in taking a stand for Christ?} I continue to pray for confidence in my stand for Christ. This verse helps a lot - because it tells me that I am not alone - the Holy Spirit is ever with me. Praise the Lord! [PTL] (DRM 1/2/02)

12:17, 18    And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?' 18Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

    The rich man kept accumulating more riches, and had to build a bigger barn to hold them all. Today, some people in USA keep buying bigger houses for the same reason. God blessed him with his wealth, but his attitude (v. 19) of greed was his sin.
    When God gives us an abundance of anything, He wants us to share the excess, not just accumulate more. It's OK to keep a little for a "rainy day," but too much will lessen our dependence on the Lord God for our future daily needs - thus our faith will be weaker. (DRM 7/22/13)

12:19    And I [rich man] will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come', take your ease, eat, drink and be merry." '

    Nothing has changed in thousands of years. The rich man depended on his earthly wealth to provide for his needs. He didn't store up treasure in Heaven, but rather on earth.
    He had so much grain - wealth - he could have given some to the poor, but instead he continued to save. Saving is good, but at some point you should have enough to give others from the overflow!
    God wants us to share our blessings, both spiritual and material. (DRM 3/16/12)

    What made the man foolish? He left God out of the picture. He was called a fool because he failed to realize that his life was in God's hands. While he was planning carefully for his comfortable life on earth, he failed to plan for eternity and store up treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:20) (excerpt from Our Daily Bread, 3/16/12)

12:24    Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!

    This example is not limited to just birds - how about the other woodland animals? He knows everything we have gone through, and will provide in His way. He works through others' generosity or other means when times get bad - I KNOW He does and trust that He will also make the hard times improve - when He is ready. (DRM 2/2/11)

12:28    "But if God so arrays the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O men of little faith!"

    As I get older, I get more concerned about the future, and how I will live in retirement someday. The worldly tendency is to save as much money as possible for that eventuality. Here Jesus wants us to depend on Him for our needs - as He will take care of us. I think the question is how much should we save, and His answer seems to be "little." (DRM 2/12/05)

12:29, 30    And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. 30For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.

    God will provide. During the past few years I feel that I have "tested" this verse several times - and God provided in one way or another.
    The problem was that I still worried during those trying times, and the worrying was useless.
    Eventually (I hope soon) I will learn from the experience that God WILL provide  somehow and I can really leave the worrying out of the whole process. (DRM 12/3/11)

12:31    But seek for His Kingdom and these things shall be added to you. 

    This answers the following question: {What changes in my priorities need to take place?} This is a section on worry. Jesus didn't want us to worry about possessions, food, etc; but to depend on Him. I need to depend more and more on Jesus and not save for my uncertain future. (DRM 1/3/02)

12:32    Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

    Jesus had just told His disciples not to worry about things in this world they have no control over. If God can feed the birds, He will also take care of His own family.
    This verse not only reminds us not to worry, but also tells us that we will be an important part of His future Kingdom. We won't just be "resting" in Heaven forever, we'll have work to do there.
    This is exciting news! The Kingdom is coming soon, and, as believers we will be there and doing something to serve our King - Jesus. (DRM 4/13/16)

12:33, 34    "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money bets which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    Jesus doesn't want us to worry about anything. So long as we give our souls to Him, He will provide for us in some way.
    In these two verses He points out that we should sell the possessions we don't need and give to charity. The money belt reference refers to storing up blessings in Heaven instead of money on earth . . . then our treasure will go with us when we leave earth or die.
    I know it's hard, but if we don't need 'things', give them away and bless others in the process. (DRM 9/27/16)

12:35    "Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight."

    Jesus is coming back! Are you ready? This short verse clearly states what our attitude should be: Always looking for Him, anticipation. To "keep your lamps alight" makes me think of the city on the hill, and how I should continue to show my spiritual light to all that come near. He wants us to glow like the Son, and keep looking for His return. Unfortunately many Christians I know don't believe in this or Him imminent return. . . but I do! (DRM 2/12/05)

12:36    Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.

    Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming - but when will He arrive to take Christians home? He wants us to be ready and waiting for His arrival. For many people, it is hard to be excited for something that hasn't occurred in nearly 2,000 years - that's why we are given signs that are fulfilled prophecies - so we know the time is near. Are you ready? (DRM 2/3/11)

12:37    Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.

    The "slaves" here are servants of Jesus on earth. While 'slaves' has a negative connotation today, we want to be slaves to Jesus as Christians.
    As slaves, we want to be alert to His return - which could be at any moment to take us home to Heaven.
    After we get to Heaven (as believers), Jesus will prepare the "Marriage Supper of the Lamb" which could be referred to here.
    Verse 36 refers to His return after the wedding feast which would be the time when Jesus actually steps on Earth at the "Second Coming," and not the Rapture that is earlier. (DRM 5/20/12)

12:40    "You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect." 

    This answers the following question: {What would I change if I knew Jesus was coming back tomorrow?} ALWAYS be ready. That's the point. If I knew that Jesus was coming back tomorrow, I would either try to put a lot more information on the web site, or try to tell lots of people individually. (DRM 1/4/02)

12:49, 50    I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! 50But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

    God=Jesus knows everything. He knew why He was on earth, and that He would return with fire the next time He comes - but was so disgusted with some people He wanted to do something to them then.
    Jesus knew that He would have to die (baptism) to save us from our sins. While it seems like He had fear, He also knew how it would end; so was able to keep going. (DRM 2/4/11)

12:51    "Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;"

    My first thought when reading this was the division that occurs in families [shown in verses 52,53] where a family will split upon the conversion of one of its members. Then I thought of the more recent division of the church where it seems that differences on every doctrine cause a new congregation. Jesus knew that both divisions would occur - but in Heaven we will all be unified again to one family and one church [bride] to worship Him. (DRM 2/13/05)

13:4, 5    "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."

    Why does God let disasters happen to people? Franklin Graham referred to this verse recently and points out that the disaster was not because of the faith of the eighteen, but that we should be sure we are ready if a similar fate were to occur to us. Death can occur at any time from one of numerous causes. Our decision for Christ - with repentance - must be made NOW to be assured of salvation and living with Him. (DRM 2/13/05)

13:7    And he said to the vineyard-keeper, 'Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?'

    This is really answered in verse 8, where the seemingly fruitless tree is given a reprieve - the addition of fertilizer.
    We, as believers, can also be fruitless spiritually, but with God's help (more Bible study and prayer), we also can become fruitful. (DRM 2/5/11)

13:8    And he answered and said to him, "Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down."

    This answers the following question: {In what ways am I discipling other believers around me?} How am I adding fertilizer? I guess I don't know where the tree is. I pray for salvation for friends, I offer to help a few, but no one wants my fertilizer. In time, I pray that God will provide. (DRM 1/5/02)

13:14    But the synagogue official, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, began saying to the crowd in response, "There are six days in which work should be done; so come during them and get healed, and not on the Sabbath day."

    Jesus had just healed a woman on the Sabbath. The question here was - what is permissible to do on the Sabbath?
    God clearly told us that we are to rest one day in seven. Which day that is could be another discussion.
    What can we do? Jesus healed people. The oxen were watered and fed (v. 15). Certainly people went to church/synagogue.
    The point is that we should honor, praise and worship the Lord God one day in seven. Our body needs a day to just rest in preparation for the next six.
    God did it (Gen 2:2), so we should too. (DRM 7/3/17)

13:15, 16    But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites, does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead him away to water him? 16And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?"

    Satan caused the woman's illness or bondage. Jesus is/was the healer. The "synagogue official" (v. 14) objected to His healing on the Sabbath; saying He should only heal on the other six days.
    This is a reminder that Satan can cause illness and Jesus is our healer, so long as we believe. He wants to heal us and doesn't care what day it is. (DRM 2/6/11)

13:20, 21    And again He said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? 21It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of meal, until it was all leavened."

    I can think of both spiritual and physical applications to this. After we became Christians we received the leaven "seed" and our spiritual love for Jesus continues to grow. Physically, the Kingdom of God [Heaven] will continue to grow in population as more believers join His cause. Our spiritual growth will continue for eternity. God has lots of surprises ahead to look forward to! (DRM 2/14/05)

13:24    "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

    Salvation is a gift that only God gives to us. We can not just sit and listen to others speak about it, but we must commit ourselves to living our lives for Jesus Christ. 
    One of my goals must be to show others that the door to salvation is open to those who want to enter it. (DRM 4/29/87)

13:25    "Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know where you are from.' "

    There are two types of unbelievers in my mind, the religious and the non-religious. The non-religious are easier for me to talk to, as they agree they don't know Jesus. The harder people to talk to are the religious - because they know Jesus in their minds, but not their heart. These are the ones referred to in this verse. Someday soon, God will close the door for admittance, and the "religious" will be outside. (DRM 2/14/05)

13:28    In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.

    Apparently "Heaven" and "Hell" aren't far away from each other, but separated by some type of chasm. Another illustration of this is Luke 16:23+.
    This is a reminder of how difficult it is for some people to enter Heaven. People can know Jesus in their head, but if you don't trust in Him with all your heart, you can also be refused admission - or thrown out at the gate. (DRM 2/7/11)

14:8    When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him,

    This is like a guest sitting at the "Head Table" without being asked to. We are to be observers of the wedding festivities as guests.
    This also makes me think of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, where the Lamb/Jesus - will tell us where to sit. This could be called etiquette. (DRM 2/8/11)

14:10    But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher'; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you.

    We are to be humble. Never think, "I'm better than he/she is." We don't know what they have secretly done for the Lord Jesus. Always assume that you (I) am least, then the host can move you to a higher position. In the future the host will be Jesus. (DRM 1/25/13)

14:11    For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.

    This answers the following question: {In what way do these verses relate to me?} No matter how much I feel the Lord has honored/provided for me, I must be humble and accept His gifts. I am not to "jump to the head of the line," but be a humble servant as Jesus was. (DRM 1/6/02)

14:13, 14    But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.

    [re: 14:13] This answers the following question: {How might I invite the less fortunate to my activities?} While I don't personally know people that fit these categories, I know some that are close. Perhaps I should invite them to a meal - or I should help them financially. (DRM 1/7/02)

    I am trying to imagine someone in this current era following this directive. When I used to put on dinners, I was aware of this and didn't - with the excuse that I didn't know any of these people. That wasn't a good excuse! I stopped the dinners rather than disobeying Jesus. It's difficult to invite strangers to your home. . . (DRM 2/15/05)

14:16, 17, 18a    But He said to him, "A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; 17and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for everything is ready now.' 18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, . . .

    In the past I've also prepared big dinners and received all the excuses from people who wouldn't come. I felt they didn't know what they were missing.
    The same is true here. Jesus will be inviting (and still is) many people to His big dinner and everyone seems to have other things to do. When the event takes place, they won't be able to change their minds. They also don't know what they will be missing. (DRM 2/9/11)

    This is not a story about a simple banquet; it is an analogy about the people of Israel. (Word of Life Diary)

14:24    "For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner."

    This dinner parable is clearer to me, as it has happened to me. A large dinner is prepared, and people have excuses why they can't come, so others are invited. Jesus invites us to His Kingdom, and not seeing the benefits, non-believers make excuses throughout their lives as to why they won't participate. When the dinner is finally prepared for all believers in Heaven, many who were invited won't be there. The dinner will be eaten - and they will be "somewhere else." (DRM 2/15/05)

14:26    "If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.

    At first read this seems very harsh for Jesus, but the word "hate" isn't despise, but really Jesus wants us to love Him more than anyone else. He was our Creator and arranges for all the events in our lives. He knows everything about us - and truly deserves our love and devotion. (DRM 2/10/11)

14:27    "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot by My disciple."

    This could be a prophetic verse, as Jesus was referring to the cross. Since He knows everything, He knew He would die on the cross. When He was on the cross, He was being submissive to His Father's will. While I'm not certain, I think He could be suggesting that all of us [as disciples] should be submissive to Him and carry our cross, as He was submissive to the Father when He carried His cross on resurrection day. (DRM 2/16/05)

14:28    For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?

    Jesus wanted/and still does - people to be followers of Himself. They would have to love Him more than their own family (v. 26) and give up a lot of worldly ambition to serve His Kingdom.
    This verse is a reminder that we have to "calculate the cost" of being a follower of Christ. This will require being a servant in some way - like He was. We will have to give up time or money or something else to serve Him while on earth to be a true disciple.
    First decide to follow Christ, then serve Him; not the other way around. Works won't get a person into Heaven. (DRM 6/20/15)

14:33    "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions."

    This answers the following question: {What keeps you going in your commitment to Christ?} Knowing the rewards keeps me going. I know that my earthly life will be short in comparison to eternity. I can also feel Jesus' presence and want to please Him like a Father. (DRM 1/8/02)

15:1, 2    Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. 2Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."

    I don't understand the problem the Pharisees and scribes had with Jesus here; unless they wanted Jesus to only answer their questions.
    If we want more people to come to the Kingdom of Heaven, we have to talk to others who aren't committed yet. What good is it to talk only to people who already believe in Jesus?
    It may be nice to only live and talk to other believers; it IS more comfortable, but our job on earth is to reach the lost in some way and tell them the ONLY way to Heaven. (DRM 3/19/14)

15:3    So He told them this parable, saying,

    It's easy to see why I haven't commented on this verse before. . . it's an introduction to Jesus' parable on the lost sheep.
    Jesus used several parables in His ministry and some people understood them and many didn't. After a person becomes a Christian, the Holy Spirit enters us and we can understand Jesus' parables much better than before.
    Clearly Jesus doesn't want anyone to be lost like the sheep or the coin, but to be found and included in the family of believers represented by the rest of the sheep and coins in the following parables. (DRM 10/27/14)

15:4    "What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

    Sheep aren't too smart, but they have value like money for the owner - as they can be sold as income. No matter what the possession, a person doesn't want to lose anything of value, so will search everywhere for the lost item.
    Jesus doesn't want us to be "lost", but in the fold (like sheep) of His church, His Body. (DRM 2/11/11)

15:5    When he has found it [lost sheep], he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

    This is from Jesus' parable about the lost sheep. When one in a hundred sheep becomes lost, the shepherd goes looking for it. Of course he is happy when the sheep is found.
    Our cities, states and country have lots of citizen sheep that are lost from the saving grace of Christ. While the Holy Spirit does the final conversion of souls, our job is to share the good news with them somehow so they, like lost sheep, can be found - saved - born again in their trust in Jesus. (DRM 10/5/13)

    The point is clear: We are all of great value to God, who offers us forgiveness and new life through Christ. And He faithfully pursues us with His love and grace. There is great joy in heaven over one sinner who repents (v. 7). (From Our Daily Bread 10/5/13)

15:6    And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!"

    This is from the parable of the lost sheep. When we have good news, we want to share it with others. God and heaven are the same way, as they rejoice when a sinner repents and chooses to follow Jesus (v. 7).
    Sometimes I think of the celebration that will occur at the 'marriage supper of the Lamb.' That will really be rejoicing! (DRM 1/2/13)

15:7    I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."

    We are ALL sinners, we should ALL repent of our sins every day. For those 99 of 100 Christians who do this, there is love for us in heaven, but for that one who has gone astray, and returned to the Christian fold, there is a greater feeling of celebration. . . as no one wants a person to fall away from the Lord. (DRM 8/18/87) Now I think the ONE mentioned here is the non-believer. (DRM 1/24/2004)

15:8    Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

    This has happened to me many times. It seems that I look everywhere and wonder where the coin rolled to. When I find it, I want to celebrate, just like "she" did in verse nine.
    The Lord God doesn't want us to roll away from His teachings or our devotion to Him. He created us and loves us. When we come back to Him, after going our own way, He rejoices (and will celebrate with us in the future). (DRM 6/15/12)

    To be found, you must first admit that you're lost. (from Our Daily Bread, 6/15/12)

15:9, 10    "And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!" 10"In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

    [re: 15:9]    This answers the following question: {How can I get involved in helping a person come to know Christ?} This selection [Luke 15:1-10] refers to "the lost sheep" and "the lost coin." People are also lost without Christ. They need help in finding The Way. Somehow, they should know that we are here to help. (DRM 1/9/02)

    I lose things quite often. There's always the sense of relief when I find the item later. It's very frustrating when I'm in the looking process. Spiritually, it's the same thing. I could look for salvation in many areas and religions, but when I find Jesus and submit to Him as Lord, then I know that I've found the truth - and the angels will rejoice. (DRM 2/16/05)

15:15    So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

    In this prodigal son story, in this verse I wonder why the son expected the person who hired him to feed him also? He was hired and supposedly got wages for his work. Why not go and buy some food? I know that a laborer gets low wages, but he should have gotten some income. . .
    Still, the point was that he later realized that there's "no place like home." His welcoming father was like our heavenly Father and he was forgiving his son for his misdeeds.
    Feeding swine - pigs was also repulsive to a Jewish man as they are told to avoid swine in their dietary laws. (DRM 4/20/15)

    The parables of Luke 15 deal with recovering what was lost. In verses 3-7 the search is for a lost sheep; in verses 8-10, a lost coin; in verses 11-24, a lost son. Each time the emphasis is on the sense of urgency of the one who is searching. (from Our Daily Bread INSIGHT 4/20/15)

15:18    I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight;

    The prodigal son made mistakes by leaving home and wasting all his inheritance. In this verse he realized he had a home to go back to and a father that loved him and would take him back. Still, he felt he needed forgiveness.
    When we/I do things on our own, that are not God's plan, we also need to ask for forgiveness for leaving His way. Like the father here, our Father=God will take us back if we repent of our foolish ways. We need to repent/confess our sins and He will forgive our sins. Slowly we have to learn to follow only His way, and not our own. (DRM 1/21/16)

15:19    I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men. 

    This verse is from The Prodigal Son. This verse convinces me that the son truly felt he had done wrong in how he wanted all of his inheritance. He was repenting of his sin to the father. Like this son, everyone needs to repent when they sin; not only when they come to the Father for the first time, but throughout our lives, as we keep sinning and want to correct our ways - and to serve Jesus=God. (DRM 2/17/05)

15:20    So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

    No matter how far away the younger son went, the father still loved his son and hoped for his return. That's probably why he saw his son's return as he was approaching.
    Our Father=God also loves us and wants only the best for us. If we leave Him for any reason, He is ready and willing to forgive us if we return to Him. (DRM 2/12/11)

15:21    And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

    This is from the story of the "Prodigal Son." In this verse the son returns to the father and confesses his sin. In the same way, the Father, God, wants us to come to Him when we sin.
    Our Father, God, will forgive our sin if we (I) just come and ask for His forgiveness, but that isn't a reason to just go ahead and keep sinning and asking for forgiveness. The goal is to live as sinless a life a possible and only have to ask for forgiveness "occasionally." It's a slow process. (DRM 12/16/11)

15:24    . . . for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.

    This is the end part of a quote from the father of "The Prodigal Son." The father loved both his sons - even though this one had taken his inheritance and left town for an unknown amount of time (maybe a year?).
    The celebration that the father started was because of his love for his son, not that he agreed with what the son had done to spend the money.
    God loves us like the father in this story. We can go to Him like the son did to his father and received forgiveness. God will do the same for us if we confess our sins and trust Him for our needs. (DRM 1/21/13)

16:9    And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings.

    This is a more difficult verse for me. Unrighteous wealth is the money that we use in this world. Perhaps it is called unrighteous because ALL people use it. Righteous wealth would be the opposite, or spiritual wealth that we receive from learning and studying the Bible - and will bring eternal rewards.
    The second half of this verse could show that gaining worldly wealth will fail us and the only wealth we need for eternity is the righteous wealth that is gained through the Bible - Jesus. (DRM 4/12/13)

16:10    "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much."

    Jesus wants our devotion , all or nothing. Every part of us must me committed to Him. I must be faithful in every small detail of my life - as that shows my true commitment to Him. If I have even one small thing that is "hidden" or kept from Jesus, my devotion is suspect. Jesus wants us to enjoy life, but wants us to do things that bring Him honor and glory. A lot of entertainment doesn't do that - so my life must reflect His. (DRM 2/17/05)

16:11    "If therefore you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous mammon [money], who will entrust the true riches to you?

    This answers the following question: {How am I faithfully serving God with my money?} If we can't use money wisely, how can we serve God? I still don't know if I am giving the minimum tithe, but I am trying to spread His money through donations to Godly organizations. (DRM 1/10/02)

16:13    "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

    I have always had the desire to make a lot of money, but now feel that I must serve the Lord in some way. 
    The first thing I know, is whatever happens, that my trust must be in Him, not money. If I become successful in any business, it will be only by God's grace and that success must be shared with God and His people. (DRM 4/5/87)

16:15    And He said to them [Pharisees], "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God."

    Since this section concerns money, "that which is highly esteemed among men" is money. The Pharisees and today's world generally think more highly of money than the Lord Jesus.
    God=Jesus wants us to place our trust in Him and not in the accumulation of money  - as you can't take it with you after "death" anyway. (DRM 2/13/11)

16:16    "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John [the Baptist]; since then the gospel of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it."

    This answers the following question: {What steps will I take to ensure that I don't drift away from the Lord?} We are told in this verse that the gospel SINCE John the Baptist is to be preached. Apparently we are to dwell less on the Old Testament Law and more on the gospel of Christ now. (DRM 1/11/02)

16:23    "And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom."

    I don't think most people in today's world believe in Hell. They think that if they are good, or do good works, that they will go to Heaven. Today's passage about the rich man and Lazarus [16:19-31] clearly shows that there really are two different places that people can go to when they die. The surprise is that one side can see the other - at least in this passage. Verse 28 wants us to warn people of this fact - but am I doing it enough? NO. (DRM 2/18/05)

16:26    And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.'

    This is from the "Rich Man and Lazarus." I had always been taught that Heaven was 'above' and Hell was 'below', but Jesus clearly teaches here that Heaven and Hell are near each other, but separated by a chasm.
    How important it is to commit to following Jesus NOW, as I (you) want to be on the Heavenly side. (DRM 2/14/11)

16:30    "But he said, 'No, Father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!'

    This answers the following question: {When I backslide, what steps can I take to come back to the Father?} This section [16:19-31] was about the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man was in Hades and wanted to keep his brothers from suffering. The rich man stated their need to REPENT and follow the Lord - as we need to do continually. (DRM 1/12/02)

17:1    And He said to His disciples, "It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come!"

    This answers the following question: {What corrections are needed so I won't be a stumbling block?} The people who put stumbling blocks in front of me usually do it by criticizing my thoughts and telling me "God didn't say that" or just being negative on any of my thoughts. I should try to be different. (DRM 1/13/02) I should try to listen to their thoughts and determine if they can help me to a closer walk with Him. (DRM 2/19/05)

17:3, 4    " . . . Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' forgive him."

    Forgiveness is an important aspect of Christianity. We can and will be wronged by both Christians and non-Christians. The temptation usually is NOT to forgive the person and "prove" that we are right.
    Jesus' way is explained in this verse, where we are told to forgive and forgive again. We should want to show the love of Christ, like He gave us when we, as sinners, came to Him asking for His forgiveness for our sins.
    Before being tempted NOT to forgive someone, think, "What Would Jesus Do? {WWJD} (DRM 2/28/18)

17:11-13    While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. 12As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; 13and they raised their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"

    Jesus was well known. He was near "home" as He spent a lot of time in the Galilee area.
    These men knew of Jesus and showed their faith in His healing ability by calling Him "Master" and saying, "Have mercy on us."
    Later, Jesus said they were all healed because of their faith in Him. It was disappointing that only one of the ten went back to thank Him.
    I believe Jesus still heals people - but think it could be conditional on their faith that He will. Still, some have faith today and it's not His will to heal them for whatever reason. (DRM 9/2/14)

    The Greek word for "made well" is used in reference to salvation. Jesus' miraculous power made the man well physically (v. 14). But the Samaritan's faith, demonstrated in praise and gratitude, led to his spiritual healing (v. 19). All 10 were "cleansed," but only one was "made well." (from Our Daily Bread, INSIGHT 9/2/14)

17:14, 15    When He saw them, He said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they were going, they were cleansed. 15Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, . . .

    Jesus healed TEN lepers in this incident. They asked for His mercy (v. 13) which was like asking for healing, but I wouldn't call it faith in His ministry, but rather belief He would heal them. Still, it showed some faith.
    Only one of the ten came back to thank Jesus when he saw he was healed. I wonder if this shows the small percentage (10%) of people who will acknowledge Jesus and arrive in Heaven? (DRM 2/15/11)

17:16    and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.

    This answers the following question: {To whom do I owe a "Thank you"? Do it as soon as possible!} Occasionally, when people do nice things for me, I thank them in person and sometimes I forget if I did or didn't. I never stop thanking the Lord for my health. Don't let me miss anyone! (DRM 1/14/02)

17:17    And Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed (of leprosy)? But the nine - where are they?"

    Can you imagine asking Jesus for healing, and when He heals you, that you DON'T even thank Him for what He did for you? That's what happened here with the ten lepers and only ONE thanked Jesus. It's also what happens today. I wonder if all of the people who take medications that Jesus allowed to be created for relief - thank the true Creator and Healer of their pain - Jesus. I know He is working through non-believing doctors and scientists. (DRM 2/18/05)

17:33    "Whoever seeks to keep his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it."

    This verse could be taken out of context. Jesus was referring to His return in this section. He will come suddenly. There will be no time to prepare. The ones who want to keep their earthly life would live through the rapture, but die spiritually in eternity. The people who are raptured would lose their earthly life, but gain eternal life with Jesus. Depending on when this event occurs, the ones not raptured may have a second chance, but would have to go through tribulation. (DRM 2/19/05)

17:34    I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left.

    When Jesus comes to take His church (believers) home, it will be very sudden. This is what we call the rapture of the church. While it could be night on one side of the earth, it would be day on the other, so we don't know what time of day or when it will occur, but other Bible verses seem to say we are very, very, close to the day! (DRM 2/16/11)

    Be careful that you don't "read the rapture" into these passages. Remember when Noah entered the ark, those taken were judged, but Noah survived. Two in one bed - one is taken (in judgment), the other left behind to enjoy the millennium. Two grinding together - one is taken in judgment, the other left behind to reign with the Lord. These verses are talking about Revelation, not the Rapture. The idea of being "left behind" can be confusing, but the context shows that those left behind are those (like Noah) who will be saved and blessed. (Word of Life diary)

18:1    Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, . . .

    The parable that followed this verse referred to an unbelieving judge that didn't want to give a woman 'protection from my opponent' (v. 3). The woman prayed to the Lord God and the judge's heart was changed as a result of the woman's prayer.
    It seems that some of our prayers aren't getting to God at times. We don't always see immediate results, and want to give up. Sometimes it takes a little longer for God to change someone else's heart, or, more likely if there is a delay, He has another, better plan. Still, we are to keep praying. God IS listening! (DRM 2/1/16) 

18:2, 3    . . . saying, "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. 3There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.'

    I would call this the "squeaky wheel" story.
   The judge got tired of the woman coming to him over and over with the same request, until he finally gave her what she wanted.
`  Depending on what we ask, God works similarly, but quicker. If our request is within His will, it can be answered in seconds. If it is not (yet) His will, He can delay and we can continue to ask.
    The point is that God hears our prayers and responds quickly (v. 8). I know this is true. (DRM5/7/15)

18:4, 5    For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out. ' "

    This parable is about a judge who was pestered by a widow for legal protection. Today we could say she was a "squeaky wheel," but she got what she requested.
    This illustration shows us (me) that, like a squeaky wheel, prayer to the Lord God on a continuous basis will have an effect. When things seem hopeless, God can still turn things around if we keep coming to Him in prayer. (DRM 6/10/12)

18:6-8    And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge said; 7now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"

    Sometimes we petition God daily for a special request. As we continue, nothing seems to happen. We should never stop praying for something just because our prayer is unanswered. We should continue to pray and never give up. (DRM 11/19/86)

    [re: 18:7]    This is from the parable of the unrighteous judge. The judge did not fear or follow God, but still gave the woman what she wanted, because she kept asking over and over. According to this verse, believers who come to God repeatedly asking for the same thing, will have their petitions fulfilled. From my experience, there are times that we believers also have to put in some effort, depending on the request. He can change peoples' hearts, but also give us abilities that we have to develop ourselves. (DRM 2/19/05)

18:9    And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt:

    Only Jesus was sinless. While I may not have sinned the way 'that' other person sinned, I've sinned in other ways.
    This makes me think of the "sins list" that can be composed of various lists throughout the Bible, starting with the Ten Commandments. The longer this list of sins grows, it's more and more obvious that I do this one and that one and am a hopeless sinner. Without Jesus, I have no possibility of entering Heaven.
    Maybe I don't do his/her sins, but I have a list of my own that needs to be forgiven. (DRM 5/14/15)

18:11, 12    The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers; or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get'.

    No one is perfect. No one is sinless . . . except Jesus.
    We are mistaken when we think that we are better than anyone else because we didn't do the sin that they did. While it may be true that we didn't do THAT, we did something else that is sinful.
    The Lord wants us to remember that the only reason that He is allowing us to enter Heaven is because of His grace and not how good we have been - but that doesn't mean we should go on sinning, just be obedient servants to our King. (DRM 8/13/13)

18:13    But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God be merciful to me, the sinner!'

    No matter how good we think we are, we are still sinners in some aspect of life. Each of us has some type of sin. Admit it. Then confess the sin to Jesus=God. Jesus will forgive our sin if we just ask Him to - but don't keep sinning - rather try to stop that sin - then go on to the next one. (DRM 2/17/11)

18:14    "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted."

    This answers the following question: {How do I view myself and others? How does God view me?} At different times, I have acted both ways. I keep praying that the Lord can use me in a special way, but generally have kept quiet about it to others. I hope God views me as a willing servant. (DRM 1/15/02)

18:15, 16    And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. 16But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. . . "

    Every person reading this was a child at some time. We had to learn all the basics . .. how to walk, talk, eat and basic necessities of life. This was a time of great learning.
    When we become Christians, at whatever age, we are "born-again" and become a child of God. At that time, a new learning process begins again - this time about spiritual things. There is a great desire put into us by the Holy Spirit to learn more about God=Jesus and the contents in the Bible.
    No matter how old we are, we need to keep learning like a child keeps acquiring knowledge. (DRM 6/2/17)

18:17    "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all."

    This answers the following question: {How is your attitude like or dislike the children in these verses?} I totally agree with the verse. From the time of my birth [born-again] until now has been nearly 16 years and now that I've learned about the Lord, I feel 16 years old and want to serve in HIS business of saving the lost. (DRM 1/16/02)

18:22    And when Jesus heard this, He said to him, "One thing you still lack: sell all that you possess, and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven, and come, follow Me."

    This answers the following question: {How am I being obedient to the commands given here?} Some people take this literally, and some don't. I do now. I feel that I have accumulated too much stuff! I've sold some and have more to go. Some of the money has gone toward bookmarks which I hope is evangelism. (DRM 1/17/02)

18:24    And Jesus looked at him [Rich Young Ruler] and said, "How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! . . . "

    Generally rich people depend on their riches to provide for all of their needs in life, whereas poor people often learn to depend on Jesus=God to provide for their needs. A rich person needs to become like a child and depend on the Lord for each day, and also to help those in need. (DRM 2/18/11)

18:25    . . . For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."

    Why would Jesus say this? Most, but not all, rich people are driven by the desire to accumulate more and more money so they can have more and more possessions or a bigger house, etc. They don't give their money to further the Kingdom of God - unless they have Him in their heart.
    Clearly, in verse 22, Jesus desires the rich to help those in need, rather than hoarding it all for themselves. These are the ones that God will allow into His Heaven. (DRM 8/30/12)

18:27    But He said, "The things impossible with men are possible with God."

    This verse is in the section of "The Rich Young Ruler," but applies to all of life. While the rich young ruler didn't want to sell all of his possessions and follow Christ, we (I) also have doubts at times that the Lord will provide for my needs. I need to keep growing in my faith and believe that He will provide for all of my needs. Jesus wants us to trust in Him and repent of our sins, then the impossible goals can be achieved, with His help. (DRM 2/19/05)

18:32, 33    For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, 33and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again."

    Jesus is God, He knew and knows everything from the past, present and future. Here He was trying to tell the twelve (v. 31) the immediate future.
    All of these things came to pass, but the disciples didn't "get it" when Jesus first said it. The same thing happens in my life. Something happens and I don't understand why at the time, but later it all makes sense. History is easier to understand when looking backwards. (DRM 2/19/11)

18:38, 42    And he (blind Bartimaeus) called out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 42And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well."

    When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was passing by, he had faith that Jesus could heal him from his blindness. He probably heard of Jesus' ministry and healings of others, which led to his belief. Jesus knew all of that, and healed Bartimaeus because of his faith. Jesus can do anything for us also, if we only come to Him in faith. (DRM 2/19/05)

18:39    And those who led the way were sternly telling him [Bartimaeus] to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

    This answers the following question: {How is my following Christ impacting others?} Am I stopping people from knowing the Son of God? I have mixed feelings - 99% of the time I say nothing and I also give out bookmarks. Lord, lead me to be more bold in my witness. (DRM 1/18/02)

18:43    Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.

    Jesus had just healed blind Bartimaeus. When we go to Jesus=God with our requests, they must go with faith that He can really answer the request - like Bartimaeus did (v. 42).
    Some things we request are solved immediately, like shown here, but sometimes we have to wait or He can also refuse our request - for reasons only He knows.
    When other people see the Lord's work, like the healing shown here, their faith increases and they give glory to God. (DRM 10/7/17)

19:2    And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.

    This is the beginning of the story titled, "Zaccheus Converted."
    Zaccheus was interested in seeing the Lord Jesus (v. 3), but Jesus called him to come out of the tree (v. 5), not the other way around.
    Zaccheus was rich and Jesus said it would be hard for a rich man to enter Heaven (Matt. 19:23, 24), but Zaccheus was converted and was destined for Heaven.
    Jesus chooses whom He wills, not us. While most rich people seem to depend on themselves, ALL people must trust in Jesus to arrive in Heaven. When He calls we have to answer. (DRM 7/31/15)

19:3, 4    Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.

    Zaccheus was a chief tax collector, which made him unpopular with the people; he was also short, thus the crowd wouldn't let him see Jesus as He was passing by.
    Jesus didn't care about Zaccheus' height when He said He would visit his house. Jesus only cared about his (Zaccheus') soul - what's inside - and not the outward appearance.
    The same applies to us. Jesus cares about our soul, not our body AND we are to do likewise - to care about others' souls and not their outward appearance. (DRM 1/9/13)

19:5    And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up (in the tree) and said to him, "Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house."

    Zaccheus had never met Jesus [verse 3], but Jesus knew his name and that he had a house - at least. Generally, normal people can't guess other people's names - especially the name of Zaccheus :-) Jesus had special power, He knew about Zaccheus, He healed people from all types of diseases, He made the wind stop, He made wine from water and He rose from the dead. Jesus is God. (DRM 2/20/05)

19:6    And he [Zaccheus] hurried and came down and received Him gladly.

    Apparently Zaccheus had already made the decision to follow Jesus from his actions of going to the tree and what was in his mind. Jesus knew that before He called him out of the tree. By Jesus calling him out of the crowd, the relationship was cemented between the two.
    Everyone has to make the decision to follow Jesus at some point - or suffer the consequences. Jesus knew Zaccheus had made the decision and knows when each of us do the same. Then He will want to spend time with us (spiritually) and direct our future steps. (DRM 7/25/14)

19:7    When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, "He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner."

    Jesus called Zaccheus down from a tree and said He was coming for dinner. "They" are the others in the crowd.
    Maybe they didn't understand yet, but we are all sinners (except Jesus). No one is perfect. We all need to come to Jesus for salvation; and even after that we still sin and need to confess our sins to God.
    Zaccheus knew he was a sinner and offered recompense (v. 8) to the Lord Jesus which is a form of repentance for sins committed.
    I need to confess my sins to the Lord every day - as I am convicted of them. (DRM 3/30/12)

    Jesus doesn't see losers, only lost people He loves. When we look at others, who do we see? (from Our Daily Bread, David McCasland, 3/30/12)

19:8    And Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much."

    This answers the following question: {What changes do I see in my life since I became a Christian?} There is a price to pay to be a Christian. For me, it took several years to realize that He wanted me to serve Him, and not money [business].  Its been a long process to liquidate possessions and spend more time serving His will. (DRM 1/19/02)

19:9    And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. . . . "

    Zaccheus, the tax collector, had just said he would give half of his possessions to the poor, etc., after having Jesus come to his house.
    While works and money given don't buy admittance to Heaven, they are an evidence of the person's heart attitude. Jesus knew Zaccheus' heart, and proclaimed Zaccheus' salvation in this verse. (DRM 2/20/11)

19:10    . . . For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost."

    This last verse about Jesus calling Zaccheus out of the tree - refers not only to Zaccheus - but to all people.
    Zaccheus went to the tree to see Jesus, so he was curious - he wanted to know more. When Jesus passed by Jesus called him. As a result of Jesus' call, Zaccheus gave his life to Him.
    When we (I) first came to Jesus, it was out of curiosity, then when I heard Him call, I gave my life to Him.
    The Holy Spirit called me to be curious, but then Jesus filled my soul and I decided to follow Him - this all occurs in quick succession - or did for me (and Zaccheus). (DRM 8/10/12)

    Jesus' mission was simple: Diligently search for lost people, whatever their social standing, and offer them God's salvation plan. As followers of Christ, we too have that as our mission. (from Our Daily Bread, 8/10/12)

19:12    So He said, "A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.

    This is the introduction to the parable called "Parable of Money Usage." Clearly Jesus was comparing the people in this parable to people on earth and Himself as the "nobleman."
    Jesus went from a distant country (Heaven) to earth. He was to see the territory (Israel), then return (yet future). The slaves (v. 13) were given money to invest like we are given the ability to earn money. He wants us to invest our money to tell others about His Kingdom.
    We are to use His gifts to us (speech, money, etc.) to proclaim His Kingdom to others. (DRM 7/2/16)

19:13    And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, 'Do business with this until I come back.'

    Apparently a mina was a large amount of money (100 days wages) and the nobleman let ten of his slaves invest the money for him in this parable. Three of the ten slaves were called to account for how they had spent the money when he returned.
    Jesus is like the nobleman to us. He has given each of us various gifts and abilities and, when He returns, will want to know how we used them for His Kingdom.
    No one knows when He will return. When possible, use the talents He gave you to advance His Kingdom, as the nobleman desired in this parable. (DRM 12/19/17)

19:14    But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want this man to reign over us.'

    This is from Jesus' parable titled, "Parable of Money Usage" where three 'slaves' were given money to invest while the master was gone.
    Perhaps in the past I thought of this verse as an aside in the story, but now it makes sense - the citizens of the USA and world generally are like that in reference to Jesus. Probably 90% of humanity are not looking forward to His return and reign. Today's rulers continue to keep secrets and hope to control more and more of our lives. If Jesus came back they would lose their power.
    As Christians, we know Who wins in the end. Things will change. We have a great future to look forward to. God will reign forevermore.  (DRM 2/23/16)

19:15    When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done.

    While this parable refers to a person, I could apply it to Jesus. Believers are His slaves and He wants us to serve Him today in some way. When He returns, we will be held accountable for what we did during our lives. No matter what I (you) did in the past, there is always one more day to try to improve and tell others about Jesus in one of many ways. (DRM 2/21/11)

19:16    The first appeared, saying, 'Master, your mina has made ten minas more.'

    While this parable is called "Parable of Money Usage," I wonder if Jesus really wanted us to take this spiritually as well.
    A mina could be a piece of money, thus it would be financial, but could it also be symbolic of the gifts or talents that He gives to believers to use for the advancement of His Kingdom?
    Certainly the Lord God gives us all one or more talents and He wants us to use them toward proclaiming His Kingdom.
    How can you/I use our talents to proclaim His Kingdom? (DRM 12/4/14)

19:17    "And he said to him, 'Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, be in authority over ten cities.' "

    This parable is like the parable about the talents, but refers to minas as currency instead of talents. Still, the principle is the same. God has given us money and/or talents that we are to use while He is "away." When He returns, He will reward us for what we did with His gift. While I feel I could do more, I pray that I am doing work that will be pleasing to Him when we meet someday soon. (DRM 2/21/05)

19:30    . . . saying, "Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here.

    Jesus' miracles are amazing. In this case he was so specific as to where the colt was and even that it had never been ridden before. What are the "chances" that they would find this to be exactly as He said? Later, He even said the owner would ask them why it was being taken . . . (v. 31)
    This is just another proof that Jesus is God - Who knows everything - including what we are thinking. No one else who ever lived could possibly be right 100% of the time like Jesus was.
    Jesus is God in the flesh. He deserves all our worship.  (DRM 12/8/14) 

19:31    " . . . If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' you shall say, 'The Lord has need of it.' "

    Jesus is God. He knows everything. He did that day and He does today. Most people, if they were borrowing a donkey, would ask permission, Jesus knew the owner would want to know why they were untying the donkey, and what they should say to him. He thought of everything - knowing in advance what would happen.
    Jesus knows what will happen to each of us today - and tomorrow. We can confidently put our faith and trust in Him and He will lead us on a path (the narrow way) that will be the best for us - and also honoring to Him; our God. (DRM 3/25/18)

19:38    [Palm Sunday] saying "BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

    This answers the following question: {If Jesus came to my home, what kind of reception would I give Him?} It depends on His appearance. If He came as King Jesus, I would bow and worship. If He came as a friend in need, I would try to help. I have to try to be compassionate to all of His creation. (DRM 1/20/02)

19:39, 40    Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples." 40But Jesus answered, "I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!"

    The Lord Jesus was entering Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday. The term disciples here refers to not just 12, but all believers in Jesus who were there.
    Jesus didn't want to rebuke the crowd, because they were correct. If they didn't proclaim the Lord, nature (including stones) would do it - as it does today. But the preference would be to have voices proclaim the name of the Lord = JESUS! (DRM 2/22/11)

19:43    For the days will come upon you [Jerusalem] when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side,

    This has happened to Jerusalem in the past, it seems to be present, and it will be at the time of the tribulation. If I were to look up the history, I wonder how many times Jerusalem has been taken over by opposing armies?
    I personally don't want to be "taken over" by my enemy, Satan or his demons, so am trusting in Jesus. I think that's what Jesus wanted for Jerusalem - as He spoke here. (DRM 9/3/11)   

19:44    [the city of Jerusalem] . . . and will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.

    Jesus had just entered the city. It was Palm Sunday, and the Pharisees objected to His entrance to the city. Jesus knew the future - and that Jerusalem would be destroyed in 70 A.D.  Here He told them why it would happen, but how many paid any attention? Like today, people don't pay attention to God, but our [my] job is to let them know in any way possible. (DRM 2/22/05)

19:45    And He entered the temple and began to cast out those who were selling,

    This action of Jesus has caused spiritual challenges for me several years. If Jesus didn't want people to sell merchandise in the temple, why do so many churches do it today? Some even do it in the sanctuary - or from the pulpit, in advertising. Once I stopped attending a church as they started selling in the sanctuary. While I'm not comfortable with it, I decided to go to a church where the sales were restricted to OUTSIDE the sanctuary. (DRM 2/23/05)

20:2    . . . and they [chief priests and scribes] spoke, saying to Him, "Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave you this authority?"

    This was a trap, as explained in later verses. The chief priests and scribes were trying to destroy Him (19:47) and would have used any answer to accuse Him of a "crime." Jesus asked them to answer a question for Him first and the same would have happened to them based on their response. To come up with these questions so quickly showed that Jesus was very intelligent and not just a person trying to get attention. He truly is God. (DRM 2/23/11)

20:10    At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty handed.

    This verse is from the "Parable of the Vine-growers." God sent prophets before He sent Jesus to His people. The people paid no attention to the prophets each time they proclaimed God's message.
    I believe the slaves here are the prophets of the Old Testament, based on v. 13 where the vineyard owner sent his beloved son and they killed him. (v. 15) (DRM 2/24/11)

20:13    "And the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send by beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.' "

    This parable of the vine-growers illustrates the man [God] who planted a vineyard and asked others [Israelites] to take care of it, but when He sent slaves [prophets] to collect His share, they were beaten or wounded. He sent His Son [Jesus] and He was killed, then He gave the vineyard to others [Christians], who would do as He asked. I pray that I will be worthy to be a servant in His vineyard and produce much fruit. (DRM 2/24/05)

20:25    And He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

    This answers the following question: {What percentage of myself as I giving to God on a daily basis?} It depends on what day it is :-( On work days, it seems that all that God gets from me is talk and no action. On weekends and vacations He gets a lot more of my time with jesusistheanswer mostly. (DRM 1/21/02)

20:35    but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage;

    This was an answer from Jesus to the Sadducees. I'd call it "the man with seven wives." The man had to be old to have seven separate marriages in a row! Then he had to be a believer to be worthy of resurrection. Then came Jesus' insight about Heaven. While I may never be married at this rate, I know that in Heaven I won't be alone, because all believers will be a big family of love for each other - and Jesus. (DRM 2/25/05)

20:36    . . . for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

    As Christians, we can only die once. After death, we are resurrected and go to an intermediate Heaven while we await our new physical bodies, unless the rapture comes first. In the intermediate Heaven we are like angels and are aware of what's going on. It will be a new experience, but hard for me to comprehend. (DRM 2/25/11)

20:38    He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive. 

    Heaven really does exist! The people who are there are not dead, they are alive and serving Christ.
    The thought of going to heaven should be enjoyable and not dreaded as we will not be alone when we arrive. Just to think all these things will happen because of the grace of God! (DRM 8/19/87)

20:39    And some of the scribes answered and said, "Teacher, You have spoken well."

    This answers the following question: {How can I help someone who wants to argue a point in the Bible?} Most questions that people have, probably are in the Bible already. I meant the answers are. . . With continued study, I hope to be familiar with answers to those who question me. (DRM 1/22/02)

20:46    "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues, and places of honor at banquets,

     Jesus has called on His disciples [like me] to be servants and to bring Him the honor. The scribes referred to here, wanted all the honor themselves and apparently did not refer or worship the God who created them - or else they would be honoring Him! My mind must be set totally on being a servant to Christ, and any way that I can bring Him the honor and the glory; as He is God. (DRM 2/26/05)

21:1,2    And he looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins.

    Times have changed. When Jesus observed this and even earlier - in my lifetime - the churches kept going primarily from the bigger donors.
    Now churches are closing from a lack of donations. Less people go to church and are following their own path instead of God's will.
    While I can think of large, growing churches in the USA today, the great majority are very small now.
    Jesus=God wants His Word to be preached - no matter how few people come - it is a sign of the end that people will drift away and persecution of believers increase. (DRM 3/10/13)

21:3    And He said, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them;

    This answers the following question: {How much would I hold back from giving to the Lord?} Yes, God wants a tithe of our money, but He mostly wants our soul. I try to serve Him with the time I spend on reading, writing for jesusistheanswer and distributing the seeds/bookmarks. (DRM 1/23/02)

21:4    . . . for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on."

    The widow could only put in two copper coins, whereas the rich had plenty to donate.
    The widow had more faith that the Lord God would provide for her next meal, where the rich didn't need faith, as they already had the funds to buy all they needed.
    This is a compliment from Jesus on the widow's faith. In trials, do I have similar faith that He will provide? (DRM 2/26/11)

21:8    And He said, "See to it that you be not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He', and, 'The time is at hand'; do not go after them. 

    This answers the following question: {What am I currently doing to bring others to Christ before He returns?} Many, many times I've heard "The time is at hand" and still I am here. Perhaps this really is the time, so I should be prepared daily and not wait to tell others. (DRM 1/24/02)

21:10, 11    Then He continued by saying to them, "Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines, and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

    I get all excited about Jesus coming BACK - more than His first arrival. It seems that there are SO MANY prophecies about His Kingdom when He returns, and I pray that He will use me as part of it.
    Even during my lifetime, just 20 or so years ago, a prominent television preacher said he didn't know what the "terrors" would refer to. We know now! The great signs in the heavens are all around us, but the world is not looking up. They are rushing around shopping and have their minds on all the trivia - but what about the return of the true King of Kings? (DRM 12/22/15)

21:12    "But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name's sake. 

    People who worship Jesus will be persecuted. When I was young, that would be unthinkable in the USA. Now the majority of people [non-Christians] want abortions and more support  gay marriages - so as Christians oppose these things, we are beginning to be persecuted for our views. Soon, we will be persecuted just for being Christians. Jesus wants us to be prepared. (DRM 2/27/05)

21:15    For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.

    How many times I miss or am afraid to witness to people. If this verse was in my mind at that moment, I know I wouldn't be so nervous!
    As I continue to study the Word, I know that I will want to share some of the insights that are within it.
    Lord, give me more confidence to share You with others! (DRM 6/3/87)

21:17, 18    . . . and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18Yet not a hair of your head will perish.

    This is part of Jesus' comments on the future.
    The USA media seems to be mostly government controlled now and they will verbally attack Christian convictions for almost any reason; but not any other religion. While Christians aren't being killed for their beliefs yet in USA, they are in other countries. (DRM 2/27/11)

21:20    But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near.

    This paragraph (v. 20-24) seems to relate to the conditions at A.D. 70, as it refers to the time of the Gentiles (v. 24) after the battle. Since Israel is a country after the "time of the Gentiles," we are close to the end - when Jesus returns.
    Today all the nations that surround Israel are enemies - including a warship in the Mediterranean Sea - so the time is at hand - but this time Jesus will win! (DRM 2/28/11) 

    By comparing this passage with Matthew 24, it seems clear that this destruction occurs at the middle of the Tribulation. (Word of Life diary)

21:25    "And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, "

    Two months ago, a great wave [tsunami] destroyed the coast of Sri Lanka and Indonesia among others. 150,000 people died and people were perplexed as to why this happened, even though they knew it was an earthquake. NO ONE that I know referred to this verse! This is just another prophecy fulfilled to show me Jesus is coming soon! (DRM 2/28/05)

21:36    "But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

    This answers the following question: {How well is my life reflecting my readiness for Christ's return?} Always be ready. While I am real slow, I'm cleaning out the house, selling collections and getting ready for "departure day." The most important part is to live for Him every day. (DRM 1/25/02)

22:3    And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve. 

    Was Judas ever a believer? This verse seems to indicate that he was, but I'm not really sure. Even before this, he objected to spending money on items that he thought weren't necessary, as he was the treasurer. Believer or not, his decision to betray Jesus was not his own, but rather Satan's, who gave him the idea. I pray that the ideas that I receive are truly of the Lord Jesus - and will bring Him all the glory. (DRM 3/1/05)

22:10    And He said to them, "when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house that he enters. . .

    I'm still amazed that Jesus knows everything that each individual will be doing in the future at any moment. Here He knew where the man would be and what he would be doing when His disciples arrived. And they found everything as He told them (v. 18).

    God knows all that we do and will do, so we (I) have to keep our thoughts pure and do what would please Him. (DRM 3/1/11)

22:26    "But not so with you, but let him who is the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as the servant.

    This answers the following question: {How am I applying this servant principle in my relationships?} In some ways, I felt more like a servant in the Avis Cards store. Right now, occasionally I take people out for dinner, but I also deliver or serve bookmarks to churches - as a "free gift." Certainly I could do more. (DRM 1/26/02)

    What does 'become as the youngest' mean? To be born-again, you must become as a child to learn the basics of Christianity without the hindrances of "advanced learning." A younger person has a more open mind. Jesus also wants leaders who care for and serve others in some way. That's compassion for the less fortunate and needy - both physically and spiritually. Now I know what a "great leader" is! (DRM 3/1/05)

22:27    For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

    In this world, people who lead and are rich are always served. The best example is at the dinner table. I've never heard of a president or king or queen in the kitchen making the meal, but rather the food being served to them.
    Jesus wanted us to know that His way is different. He would be the servant and He was setting an example for us to do the same. Why serve? Perhaps to be equal with other servers and to be able to share the Kingdom of Heaven with them as a peer. There are more people who are already servant/workers - so they need to know about the Kingdom more than the rulers of this world. (DRM 5/3/15)

22:28-30    "You are those who have stood by Me in My trials; 29and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you 30that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

    This took place on the day before Jesus was crucified. The disciples didn't know that and even asked each other who would be the greatest among them (v. 24).
    Jesus stated that the greatest would be the one who was a servant, like He was (vv. 26, 27). These verses continue that thought.

    Like the disciples in that time, we should expect trials to come during our lifetime, They can be of any type. Only God knows what they will be, but there will be a reward at the end for those who keep their faith through the trials. (DRM 1/10/18)

22:31, 32    "Simon, Simon [Peter], behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."

    Jesus told Simon Peter that he would have a trial - denial - three times before the next morning (v. 34). Still, prophet Jesus knew Peter would make it through and help his Christian brothers.
    Peter knew his trial was coming, but still denied Jesus three times that night. Later Peter became the rock - head of the church (John 21:17). This shows Jesus' forgiveness of sins - but doesn't mean we should just go on sinning intentionally. (DRM 3/2/11)

22:40    And when He arrived at the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."

    [Referring to 40b, the quoted section:] As I was talking to someone at work today about my need for additional money, he came back and asked me to sell my soul to the devil. That evil grin and sick laugh visualized to me the temptations that Satan can and will try when a person is in trouble and looking for a way out.
    Thank God that I was very unwilling to take Satan up on this "deal." (DRM 1/12/87)   

    This answers the following question: {Why do I need to pray?} Since Jesus prayed, certainly we should! Here Jesus tells us why. There are many temptations in the world. By praying, we are calling on our Creator and not being led astray. (DRM 1/28/02)

22:41, 42    And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, 42saying, "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me, yet not My will, but Yours be done."

    While Jesus is a part of God in the Trinity, He also is/was an individual that prays to the Father, as written here.
    No one knows God's will on a subject - as Jesus was subject to His will just like we are. By reading the Bible, we can know what God's will has been for people in the past, but we have to go in faith when we try to serve Him, then we will know His will for us by seeing if it is successful or not. Even things that seem unsuccessful to us were His will. (We wanted them to be successful)
    Yield to God, He always knows what is right. (DRM 11/20/16)

22:45, 46    When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, 46and said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation."

    The disciples had a long day. I'm guessing it must have been midnight when Judas came to betray Him (v. 47).
    Late and tired, the disciples fell asleep praying. (I know I can do that.) They apparently didn't know what would happen next, like Jesus did.
    Jesus said, ". . . that you may not enter into temptation (v. 40, 46) and I wondered what the temptation was? When the crowd was with Judas, they were tempted to go to battle (v. 49) to defend Him, but He didn't want any of that (v. 51).
    We are to follow Jesus' directions today. Don't fall asleep on the job, as the time is short. (DRM 1/6/15)

22:48    But Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"

    In our society, and probably also Jesus', a kiss was/is a sign of affection for the other person. Here Judas was using it as a sign of identification to the priests. When referring to Jesus and His teachings, this isn't unusual. To live with Him, we have to die to self. We also must be a servant to be more like Him, both of which are different from the world's teachings. Lord, let me follow Your way, and not the way of the world, currently led by Satan. (DRM 3/2/05)

22:53    ". . . While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours."

    The chief priests and officers of the temple (v. 52) among others, had come to Jesus in the night to arrest Him.
    It seems that most sin and crimes occur in the darkness, and even Jesus referred to that here. Not only do we have literal darkness, but also the people who commit crimes are spiritually dark and need the Light of the Son - of God. (DRM 3/3/11)

22:56, 57    And a servant-girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight and looking intently at him, said, "This man was with Him too." 57But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know Him."

    This was Peter's first denial of Jesus after His arrest. In v. 34 Jesus had prophesized that Peter would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed.
    If I (or you) were in the same situation, where they could easily also arrest all of His followers, what would I do?
    Later, after Jesus' resurrection, He forgave Peter, but it was a major event and makes me (us) think how important it is to not lose faith and not to deny Jesus is my Savior. (DRM 9/14/13)

22:58    A little later, another saw him and said, "You are one of them too!" But Peter said, "Man, I am not!"

    I can guess why Peter denied Jesus all three times.
    None of us knows the future. The 'authorities' had just arrested my Leader and they could easily also want to arrest His followers; especially the inner group. Peter didn't want to be arrested and possibly die for his faith in this Man. He was afraid. He didn't know what would happen to him.
    While I didn't think this even ten years ago, but the same thing could happen to me/us in the near future. Our faith must be strong if they arrest Christians and we can't deny our Savior. (DRM 7/24/15)

22:61    And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, "Before a cock crows today, you will deny Me three times."

    This answers the following question: {How have I been like Peter? What can I do about it?} Yes, I deny Christ, - by keeping silent. When I talk to strangers I am slowly getting able to give them bookmarks, but many times I say nothing - and I need MORE boldness for Christ. (DRM 1/27/02)

22:67    "If you are the Christ, tell us." But He said to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe;"

    No matter what Jesus said, the accusers wouldn't believe Him. They were convinced He was lying and mentally confused. All of the evidence that Christians believe, like His healings, teachings, and raising people from the dead, had no effect on their accusations. In a way, they were also doing what God willed for them to do at that time. As always, Jesus was right with this statement. I must always listen to Him! (DRM 3/2/05)

22:70    And they all said, "Are You the Son of God, then?" And He said to them, "Yes, I am."

    The chief priests and scribes asked Jesus a direct question, and He gave a clear response here. Now the question they had to decide really was, "Do I believe Jesus' statement?" They didn't. I do. What about you? Eternity depends on what we decide about Jesus. (DRM 3/4/11)

23:3    So Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.

    How can anyone doubt that Jesus Christ was the King of the Jews? He knew that by this verse that He was going to die for it.
    Thank you, Lord, for sending Jesus Christ to die for all of my sins! (DRM 4/9/87)

23:4    And Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes, "I find no guilt in this man."

    Pilate's statement at this point of Jesus' trial was absolutely true! Jesus was sinless, so He had no guilt. While being falsely accused by the chief priests, He had little to say - and nothing to say to Herod [verse 9] probably because Herod killed John the Baptist? I need to remember that Jesus loves me and wants the best for me - even when people of the world doubt me and think I'm making wrong decisions. (DRM 3/3/05)

23:8    Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him.

    From this statement, and my recall of some video biographies of Jesus, Herod seemed to want a magician to give him a performance instead of the silent Son of God. Jesus was not going to perform a miracle without faith in Him.
    Of the two leaders (Pilate and Herod), Pilate was more compassionate to Jesus. (DRM 3/5/11)

    Only Jesus was acting out of love for others. It was not the power of the Sanhedrin, Pilate, or Herod that forced Jesus to submit to these atrocities. It was His trust in God and His love for us. (Word of Life Diary)

23:22    And he [Pilate] said to them the third time, "Why, what evil has this man done?" I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him."

    Pilate didn't want Jesus to die. From his actions, I wouldn't be surprised to see him in Heaven. Still, the crowd spoke and he did what the crowd called for - even though it was against his will. Similar crowd scenes are going on today in the Middle East and it's easy to guess what the outcome will be. (DRM 3/6/11)

    Don't miss the irony here. These were the people who claimed to keep the Law since childhood. But they would not believe because the Messiah was not Who they thought He should be. (Word of Life diary)

23:23    But they (the crowd, chief priests and the rulers of the people {verse 13}) were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail. 

    Pilate had his own opinion that Jesus wasn't guilty, but he was intimidated by the crowd. He wanted to do the will of the people, no matter what his personal thoughts were. While this sounds like democracy, and the right thing to do, perhaps Pilate should have stood up for his own beliefs?
    Jesus wants me to stand for Him, and expect trials in the process. My hope is in Him, and eternity with Him. (DRM 3/3/05)

23:29, 30    For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' 30Then they will begin TO SAY TO THE MOUNTAINS, 'FALL ON US,' AND TO THE HILLS, 'COVER US.'

    Jesus was on His way to be crucified and stopped and said this to His women followers. While this could refer to a different time ( 70 A.D.?), I think it refers to the Tribulation period yet to come. At that time people will be leaving Jerusalem as quickly as possible and those with less items - or children - will be able to leave quicker to avoid the earthquake damage, etc. (DRM 3/7/11)

23:34    But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.

    This answers the following question: {How can I explain the purpose of the crucifixion to a friend today?} As Jesus said, ". . .they do not know what they are doing." People today also don't know what they are doing by ignoring Christ. Without Christ's death and resurrection there is no hope. Only through the Holy Spirit can people's eyes be opened. (DRM 1/29/02)

23:35    And the people stood by, looking on. And even the [Jewish] rulers were sneering at Him, saying, "He saved others, let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One."

    Jesus has the same "problem" today that He had that day - unbelief. The Jewish leaders didn't believe He was the Christ, the Son of God.
    Whose problem was this really? The people then, and also today, who don't believe. If they don't believe in Jesus, then why would they want to live where He lives? They will go somewhere else to live instead.
    The Jewish people who lived that day, 2,000 years ago, don't represent all Jews since then. ANYONE can still put their faith in Jesus today and confess their sins - including unbelief - to live with Him forever in Heaven. (DRM 10/3/15)

23:38    Now there was also an inscription above Him, "THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS."

    The chief priests and scribes did the accusing that day. Pilate asked Jesus if He was "the King of the Jews" (v. 3) and Jesus replied, "It is as you say."
    While the priests objected to Pilates sign (John 19:21), Pilate kept it above Him.
    Jesus said He was the King of the Jews. Pilate possibly believed the fact. To us, 2,000 years later, Jesus is not only the King of the Jews, but of ALL people who put their faith and trust in Him. (DRM 4/14/17)

23:40, 41    But the other answered, and rebuking him said, "Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong."

    Three men were on crosses the day Jesus was crucified. Jesus and two others. These two verses were between the two criminals on the other crosses.
    One man, not the speaker, was defiant and not a believer. The speaker clearly knew something about Jesus and made a last minute belief statement to Jesus (v. 42), which changed his life forever.
    This clearly shows the decision that each person has to make before their death. How they/we decide determines where they will spend eternity. (DRM 6/12/13)

23:42, 43    And he (other criminal) was saying, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your Kingdom!" 43And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise."

    This is one of the most important statements Jesus made. The thief's statement (and mine) of trusting in the Lord for deliverance, gave him eternal life in Heaven. Jesus said He would be with him TODAY - immediately - no sleeping in the grave - and Jesus would be there also - so He didn't go somewhere else for all three days after the crucifixion. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ. . . (DRM 3/4/05)

23:44, 45    It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two.

    It isn't clear as to the cause of the darkness from noon to 3 PM. Was this an act of God where the sun stopped shining, or was it an eclipse - which really is also an act of God?
    The veil in the temple was between the Holy of Holies and the outside chamber. The tearing symbolized that all can now go to the Lord Jesus for forgiveness of sins and not just the Jewish priests. (DRM 3/8/11)

23:49    And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee, were standing at a distance, seeing these things. 

    Who were these acquaintances? Probably the disciples and Mary and Martha - among many others. They had to experience the darkness and the earthquake and felt His [God's] presence, then knew that Jesus was truly a special man. The events should have increased their faith - but even more so on His resurrection three days later. How would I feel if I were there? Disappointed, but anticipating what God would do next. (DRM 3/4/05)

23:50    And behold, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man

    This answers the following question: {What characteristics of Joseph would I like to hear said of me?} Of course I would like to be considered "a good and righteous man," but I fail so often - mostly by frustration when things don't go "my" way. With God's help, someday. . . (DRM 1/30/02)

24:4    While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing;

    Jesus' tomb was empty. The women didn't know what to think, then two angels appeared.
    I don't think of angels enough. They are God's messengers and usually have something dramatic to tell us. The disappointment of the crucifixion was suddenly replaced by the joy of the resurrection - and soon to be talking with the risen Lord. (DRM 3/9/11)

24:6    (Two men in dazzling apparel said) "He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 

    This answers the following question: {What difference does the resurrection make to me?} If Jesus hadn't risen, certainly I'd have no hope. I'm trusting in the promises that believing in Him leads to eternal life. Life isn't worth living without Jesus! (DRM 1/31/02)

    While there are hundreds of quotable verses in the Bible, these are the eight most important words in the Bible: "He is not here, but He has risen." Without Jesus' rising from the dead, our faith is worthless. We would have no hope for Heaven - our life would end at death. But all of the evidence is in, and He is truly alive and working in my life . . .  I know I will be with Him someday. (DRM 3/9/05)

24:15, 16    While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.

    The two men on the road to Emmaus were among the hundreds of believers that weren't "disciples" in the inner circle.
    The important part here is that they didn't recognize Jesus even when He was talking to them. He had a different appearance, but it was a human body, not glowing like an angel.
    After death on earth Jesus' body was changed. Since His body changed, we know, as believers, that our body will also be changed after earthly use is completed. That's exciting to me! (DRM 3/31/13)

24:19    And He said to them, "What things?" and they said to Him, "The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people,

    This is part of the conversation with two disciples on the road to Emmaus on Resurrection Day. (v. 13)
    In this verse they described what they thought of Jesus " a prophet mighty in deed and word." . . . they didn't know He was resurrected or that He is God - yet.
    That's the problem even today - where most people admit Jesus was on earth, and a good person, but don't believe that He was/is God in human form. (DRM 3/10/11)

24:21    "But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened."

    These two followers of Christ were walking to Emmaus. This verse shows that His crucifixion shook their faith, as they were "hoping," and still unaware of the meaning of all the events that took place. Before I became a Christian, I also hoped that I would go to Heaven, but after receiving a full explanation of the gospel (like these two men did), my eyes were opened, and I trusted in the Lord for everything. (DRM 3/10/05)

24:22, 23    But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive.

    These two disciples were on the road to Emmaus - having come from Jerusalem. An unknown man joined them, and in this passage they were relating how Jesus died and was reported to be alive again.
    They didn't recognize this unknown man. His appearance was different than the Jesus they knew. They didn't know it was Jesus until eating later.
    As believers in Jesus, we can look forward to a new resurrected body like Jesus has now. While our body will change, our soul will not - we will still be devoted followers of our redeemer Jesus forever. (DRM 9/20/16)

24:27    Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

    Two followers of Jesus were walking to the town of Emmaus that Resurrection Sunday afternoon. They knew all that had happened in the cemetery that morning and were talking about it when Jesus traveled with them, but they didn't know Him.
    As this verse states, He was still teaching His followers, but didn't seem to want them to recognize Him as He vanished (v. 31) when they did.
    Jesus still cares and wants to instruct those who have trusted in Him. He is still available to each of us via the Holy Spirit and will lead us to a closer walk with Him every day if we desire. (DRM 3/28/16)

    Whatever road we are on today, may we be ready for Jesus to make Himself known to us in new and surprising ways. (From Our Daily Bread 3/28/16)

24:31    And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. 

    The followers of Christ from Emmaus just had begun dinner with Jesus when their eyes were opened. They recalled all of the truths that He told them as they walked together [verse 32] and now they saw what His resurrection body was like. He had the ability to come [verse 36] and go [verse 31] as He pleased. Apparently, when we have bodies like His in the resurrection, we may also be able to do this. 
    This gives me hope as what to expect after "death." (DRM 3/11/05)

24:32    They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?

    When I first "really trusted" in the Lord, I had that same feeling! I was listening to someone telling me about Jesus and saw the true excitement of that person and knew "deep inside" that he was telling the absolute Truth.
    Later that night and for two months afterward that burning heart was inside me and I can hope that it will come back again! (DRM 8/20/87)

24:38    And He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?

    This answers the following question: {What characteristics in myself do I represent in these people?} Since Jesus has protected and provided for me so many times, I don't doubt His existence, but, yes, my heart gets troubled with fears of the future. I always need more faith. (DRM 2/1/02)

24:39    "See My hands and My feet, that it is I myself; touch Me and see, for a Spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."

    Jesus made a sudden appearance and some of His disciples thought they were seeing a spirit-ghost, but He assured them - and us in the reading - that He is not a ghost, but Has flesh and bones.
    Since He has flesh and bones, then we will also have flesh and bones in His Kingdom - it's a great assurance that we - as Christians - will have a new body in His Kingdom and live forever. PTL! (DRM 3/11/11)

24:44    Now He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled."

    This quote is from the resurrected Jesus. He clearly states that all the prophecies of His coming were not a coincidence. He and the Father had given these prophecies to the writers and were committed to fulfilling each one as they were written.
    Since He stated this for the prophecies for His first coming, we should also believe that the prophecies that are written will come true for His second coming . . . are you ready? (DRM 1/9/14)

24:45    Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

    The risen Jesus was with His disciples. He talked with them and ate with them, and He continued to teach them something, as their knowledge about Jesus increased, as well as what is written in the Bible. 
    Our learning will never end. Each day brings new events, and I can look forward to receiving more knowledge and growing more like Jesus when I get to Heaven. (DRM 3/12/05)

24:46    and He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, . . .

    While my Bible doesn't give an Old Testament reference for this verse, I believe it exists.
    When I was a new Christian, I went to a church that taught that Jesus died on Thursday, rather than the common belief that it was a Friday. Either way, the important part is to believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose again; thus we will be able to be with Him forever. (DRM 3/12/11)

24:47    and that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 

    This answers the following question: {How well have I carried out my assigned task this month?} I am not very good with "cold contacts" and have prayed for more boldness. Certainly my friends know I am a Christian and I hope that the bookmarks are producing fruit - though invisible to me. (DRM 2/2/02)

24:49    " . . . And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you, but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high."

    Jesus had risen from the dead and was talking to His disciples. In this verse, Jesus was preparing them for what is called Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13). They knew that if He told them to stay in Jerusalem that it would be soon.
    On that day, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and since that day whenever a person puts their complete trust in Jesus and confesses their sins - the Holy Spirit also comes into believers today.
    The day of Pentecost nearly 2,000 years ago must have been exciting - and the day we put our faith in Jesus was exciting also. (DRM 7/19/17)