Read Luke – Chapter 11
In chapter eleven of the Gospel of Luke we find Jesus sharing several different teachings of how the upside down Kingdom of God impacts the world. He teaches his disciples how to pray and reminds them that God wants us to ask, seek and knock — bringing all our needs to our Father in heaven who knows how to give us the things we need.
He disputes with people who decide that his power to drive out demons comes from the devil himself. Jesus sets the record straight when he declares that his power comes from God alone.
Jesus foreshadows his own death when he describes how the wicked generation he was surrounded by would only receive the sign of Jonah from him; meaning that as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days, so Christ would be in the belly of the Earth for three days, only to come out alive.
In the final section of chapter eleven Jesus speaks to the religious leaders of his day, the Pharisees and experts in the law. These were people who majored on religious rules and every minute detail in the Scriptures yet were cruel and indifferent to the suffering world around them. In their religious zeal they completely missed the point of being a part of God’s Kingdom.
Have you ever missed the point of the Kingdom of God? Have you ever been so concerned about the details and rules of religion that you missed seeing the needs of people around you that matter so much to God? God desires to know us, to meet our needs, and give us the greatest gift, himself. How might you let your light shine this Advent season? How might you care for the world around you? As Jesus teaches us in Luke 11, the light that we have to share with the world is the Light that comes from him. Let’s pass it on.
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