SERIES: THE GOSPEL of LUKE – JESUS’ AUTOBIOGRAPHY
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 6
SUBJECT: JESUS and HIS MINISTRY FACE OPPOSITION and OPPORTUNITIES
STUDY: NUMBER SIX
As Jesus and His ministry continues to sweep through the land He finds Himself being opposed by the religious powers of His day. His disregard for them and their religious rules made enemies of them and as His enemies, they would now do everything in their power to discredit and destroy Him. Jesus faced this opposition with an eagerness; He saw this as an opportunity to enlighten the people to Truth and to who He really was. His Truth and His claims would further enrage the religious powers of His day, but again we see Jesus will persist in His teaching the masses and training those for the ministry as He continued marching to Calvary.
Today we will look at the beginning of the opposition He would face from His foes and how He used every opportunity to further His cause even in the face of His opposition.
I. JESUS EXERTS HIS AUTHORITY [Luke 6:1-12]
A. The Disciples Criticized [6:1-5]
1. The Critics [v.2]
2. The Crime [v.2]
3. The Comparison [vs. 3,4]
4. The Claim [v.5]
*Just as the showbread belonged to the priests in David’s day to do with as they pleased, so the Sabbath belonged to Him to do as he pleased.
*Just as the priests choose to put the needs of man above religious rituals and ceremonial laws, so had Jesus chosen to do the same.
B. The Disabled Cured [6:6-11]
1. The place picked [v.6]
2. The paralyzed present [v.6]
3. The plot planned [v.7]
4. The plans perceived [v.8]
5. The proposition presented [v.9]
6. The power performed [v.10]
7. The point presented [v.11]
*His actions were the ones that were doing good and saving lives, not that of the religious powers who were placing their self made rules and rituals above the welfare of man. Jesus was using the Sabbath for what it was originally intended; for the welfare of man.
“The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath. Therefore, the Son of Man is Lord also of the sabbath. [Mark 2:27,28]
II. JESUS ENLISTS HIS APOSTLES [Luke 6:12-16]
A. The Night of Praying About His Choices for Apostles [v.12]
B. The Number of Apostles He Chose [v.13]
C. Those Names of Those He Named Apostles [vs.13-15]
III. JESUS EXPLAINS HIS ADMINISTRATION [LUKE 6:17-49]
Jesus explains to His disciples the conduct of His administration and of those who choose to live under His rule.
A. The Suffering Come to Jesus [6:17-19]
B. The Suffering Consoled by Jesus [6:18-23]
1. By His touching [6:18,19]
2. By His teaching [6:20-23]
C. The Suffering Contemplated by Jesus [6:24-26]
D. The Saints Characterized by Jesus [6:27-38]
1. Love for men [6:27-38]
2. Leaders for the Master [6:27-40]
E. The Sincerity Commanded by Jesus [6:39-42]
F. The Sincerity Contrasted by Jesus [6:43-45]
G. The Sincerity Challenged by Jesus [6:46]
H. The Structures Compared by Jesus [6:47-49]
1. A life built on obedience to His Word will weather every storm they may encounter. [6:47,48]
2. A life that chooses not to live in obedience to Jesus’ Word is headed for sure destruction in this life and the next. [6:48,49]