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  • The Gospel of Luke 12:49-59

    God Gives Us His Words of Eternal Life

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  • Reality Check(s)Ahead


    The Gospel of Luke 12:49-59

  • of Reckoningis Coming

    #1: A DayRea


  • 49 I come to cast fire on the earth, and

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    would that it were already kindled.

  • the heavens and earth that now exist are stored

    up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment

    and destruction of the ungodly.

    ~ The Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 3:7

  • Should not a loving God be patient and keep luring the perpe-

    trator into goodness? This is exactly what God does. But

    how patient should God be? The day of reckoning must come, not because God is too eager to pull

    the trigger, but because every day of patience in a world of

    violence means more violence and every postponement of

    vindication means letting insult accompany injury

  • Gods patience is costly, not simply for God, but for the

    innocent. First God suffers violence on the cross for the salvation of the world. Then, after Gods patience with the chaotic powers who refuse to be redeemed by the cross has come to an end, God inflicts

    violence against the stubbornly violent to restore creations

    original peace.

  • Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall

    there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have

    passed away.~ The Apostle John in Revelation 21:5

  • 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with,

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    and how great is my distress until it isaccomplished.

  • The artful butchery and prolonged torture were

    not what distressed him, but rather the necessity of his taking on the raw sewage of our sinsso that he, in effect, would choke and drown in it and become the same (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:21).

  • Christianity is the only religion whose God bears the scars of evil.

    ~ Os Guinness

  • confronted witha costly

    #2: Were



    ty Check

  • 51 Do you think I have come to give

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    peace on earth?

  • 51 Do you think I have come to give

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    peace on earth? No, I tell you, but ratherdivision. From now on in one house, there will be five divided, three againsttwo and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and sonagainst father, mother against daughter

  • and daughter against mother, mother-

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    in-law against her daughter-in-law anddaughter-in-law against mother-in-law.

  • Do you think I came to smooth things over and make

    everything nice? No so. Ive come to

    disrupt and confront.

  • Image: Photo by Howard Korn / Christianity Today

  • The timeis short.



  • 54 He also said to the crowds, When

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    you see a cloud rising in the west, yousay at once, A shower is coming. Andso it happens. 55 And when you see thesouth wind blowing, you say, There willbe scorching heat, and it happens.

  • 56 You hypocrites! You know how to

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    interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to intrepret the present time?

  • The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people

    did not receive him.~ The Apostle John in The Gospel of John

  • 57 And why do you not judge for your-

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    selves what is right? 58 As you go withyour accuser before the magistrate, makean effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison.

  • 59 I tell you, you will never get out until

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    you have paid the very last penny.

  • By agreeing with Jesus that we are guilty & morally responsible four

    our sins


  • By agreeing with Jesus that theres nothing we can do

    on our own to settle the case


  • By agreeing with Jesus that we need

    him to be our Advocate-Saviour, and to trust in him.


  • Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my words and believes him who sent me has

    eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

    ~ Jesus of Nazareth

    in John 5:24

  • Why does Luke record this account in his historical

    biography of Jesus?

    Important Question

  • Reality Check: Jesus may be divisive, but he calls you to be decisive.

  • If it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve But as for me and my house,

    we will serve the Lord.

    ~ Joshua 24:15

  • Resolved

    I will live for God, and if no one else does,

    I still will.

    Jonathan Edwards 1703-1758

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    other images used for educational purposes:Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for Image: Photo by Howard Korn / Christianity Today