We all face turning points in life. Major decisions, relocations, trials, and even cultural moments can change our lives forever. In chapter 9, we reach a major turning point in the Gospel of Luke: Peter’s confession of Christ, followed by Christ’s confession of the cross, followed by our call to confess Him before the world. The cross is the great turning point of history, and it must be the turning point of our lives if we are to know the grace of the Savior and follow Him fearlessly.
We tend to think that only the very young and some very old need to be fed by someone else. While that may be true physically, it is not true spiritually. Through His miraculous feeding of the five thousand, Jesus demonstrated that He is the True Bread who came down from heaven, without whom we can have neither eternal life nor effective ministry. Jesus feeds us Himself, through His Word, so that we might live and help others find their life in Him.
As we move into the body of Paul’s letter to the Colossian church, we see that the apostle is thankful for their faith, love, and hope, all of which are grounded in the gospel. Paul takes pains at the outset of his letter to make sure his readers (then and now) have a clear understanding of the biblical gospel. We’ll explore Paul’s points about the centrality of the good news of God’s grace in Christ.
In Luke 9, Jesus initiated a burst of evangelistic witness that spread throughout northern Israel. The proclamation of Jesus, along with accompanying miracles, was so widespread that even King Herod took notice. Though the prevalence of miracles has changed since the foundational apostolic era, every believer in Jesus Christ is part of the same unstoppable movement to make our risen Savior known in word and deed.
Hard circumstances never seem like a blessing at first, but they can prove to be so when they lead us to the Lord Jesus Christ. At the end of Luke 8, two very different people come to Jesus in desperation and experience deliverance by His grace. Both were helpless but received mercy through faith in the One who would suffer on the cross so His people might be saved, proving that desperation is always good when it draws us to Jesus.