The Kingdom of God Has Come Near

Jesus begins to prepare for the end of his earthly ministry and in Luke 9:51 “when the days were approaching for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem”. He teaches his disciples as he goes and they reacted when he is rejected in Luke 9:54 they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” but this isn’t the message Jesus came to deliver. He came to say, in Luke 9:60 “go and proclaim the kingdom of God”. He came to say in Luke 10:11 “the kingdom of God has come near!” and he demonstrated that by, in Luke 10:13 “the miracles that were done”.

Two Men Were Talking With Him About His Departure

Luke 9:28-36

They Were All Astounded

Luke 9:37-45

Who Might Be Greatest

Luke 9:46-48

He Does Not Follow in Company With Us

Luke 9:49-50 

He Set His Face To Go To Jerusalem

Luke 9:51-56
Jesus is in Capernaum and sets himself to go to Jerusalem. The route for many would be about one hundred twenty miles through Tiberius, along the Jordan river to Jericho and West to Jerusalem. Jesus wanted to take the shorter route through Samaria. This may have been the route he traveled with his parents as a child, about ninety miles. Their weren’t hotels at every little stop like we have today, so in Luke 9:52 “he sent messengers … and they … entered into a village … And they did not welcome him”. This delayed their arrival in Jerusalem and added extra miles making this a harder journey than necessary so in Luke 9:54 “James and John … said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” but this isn’t the heart of God. Jesus in Luke 9:55 “rebuked them (James and John)” and refused to take any offense. Jesus simply went on in Luke 9:56 “to another village”. 

Follow Me

Luke 9:57-62
Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem and many others were also on the road because it was the time for the Passover. In

Luke 9:57 “And as they were traveling on the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go!””

Jesus answers in Luke 9:58 “the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” which seems an odd response. So why did this person want to follow Jesus? It seems this person expected to get something from him but following Jesus is not about wealth or power or position and we cannot appoint ourselves in God’s kingdom.

Then Jesus initiated the request in

Luke 9:59 “And he said to another, “Follow me!” But he said, “Lord, first allow me to go and bury my father.””

Jesus responded in Luke 9:60 “leave the dead … you go and proclaim the kingdom of God”. When God calls, there is a commission, “proclaim the kingdom of God”, and that is what we are to be doing.

Then in Luke 9:61 “another person also said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first … ””. There are many things in life that we think are important, but our priority must always be “the kingdom of God”. What do you have to say in response to “God’s call”? Is it “I answered!”.

Ask The Lord of the Harvest

Luke 10:1-9 

The Kingdom of God Has Come Near

Luke 10:10-20
Jesus came to bring a message to the world in Luke 10:11 “the kingdom of God has come near!”. Before this, the Lord had spoken through prophets as it says in 2 Peter 1:21 “men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God”. But now, the message is coming through Jesus Christ the very son of God as also recorded in 2 Peter 1:17 “For he received honor and glory from God the Father when a voice such as this was brought to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.””.

Jesus did also speak of himself when he read from Isaiah 61:1 in

Luke 4:18–19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because of which he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to send out in freedom those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

Then Jesus demonstrated the will and purpose of God with signs for all to see in

Matthew 4:23 “And he went around through all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and every sickness among the people”.

And as it is recorded in

Acts 10:38 “Jesus of Nazareth—how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with him”.

We also find the demonstration of power to heal in these other references “Jesus, attested by God with mighty works, wonders and signs (Acts 2:22); God confirmed the word with the signs that followed (Mark 16:20); the Lord bore witness to his word with signs and wonders (Acts 14:3); God bore witness with signs and wonders (Heb. 2:4)”1

So when he says in Luke 10:13 “Woe to you”, they will be without excuse. And it is true that they should have recognized the power of God in their presence. But there is another message that Jesus adds here. He goes on describing Satan fallen and in the world in Luke 10:18 “I saw Satan falling like lightning from heaven” and also says in

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you the authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will ever harm you”.

In this age, we must take our place, and stand as it also says in Ephesians 6:10-18.

Study Verses

Today’s Reading

  • Luke 9:28-62
  • Luke 10:1-20

References

  • 1. Day, A. C. (2009). Collins Thesaurus of the Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.