Theme sentence: Jesus turns worldly views about a truly blessed life on their head.
Aim sentence: Pray for an increasing certainty that Jesus is the one you will follow into eternity no matter the earthly implications.
Great is your reward in heaven.
The presence of the King (17 – 19)
Luke sets the scene for Jesus’ sermon on the plain. The crowds coming to Jesus are growing. He is teaching and healing with great power. And in this setting He fixes His eyes on His disciples and tells them what to expect as His followers.
The great reversal (20 – 26)
Jesus turns the perceptions about a blessed life on their head. The poor, hungry, weeping and hated because of Jesus are the truly blessed, while the rich, well fed, laughing and popular have received their consolation already.
Luke wants us to be certain that this Jesus who commends the poor, hungry, weeping and hated is the Saviour we need. We need to pray for an increasing certainty that Jesus is the one we will follow no matter the earthly implications. Great is your reward in heaven.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot
“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” – C.T. Studd