Who Am I?

Today’s reading is Luke 9.

Don’t miss this. Peter’s good confession in Luke 9:20 is significant. We have heard it our whole lives and might be tempted to rush through it, thinking, “Oh yeah! I know this part.” But this is what the entire book of Luke is about. This is what all four of the gospels are about. We tend to read these gospels like modern biographies. We want to hear about the birth, what was going on in the world, a chronology of events, a precise accounting of conversations and actions, leading to the subjects death. We get confused when each of the gospels gives a differing presentation of some of those facts. They change the order of events. They don’t give exact records of the conversations. They don’t give all the details of everyone who was involved. And they even do that in some pretty significant places and events. Ancient biographers were not interested in that kind of presentation. I don’t just mean the Bible authors, I mean ancient biographers in general. The gospel authors were writing biography the same way the ancients did. Don’t misunderstand. They didn’t make stuff up. They didn’t lie. They didn’t invent the stories. But they were not interested in giving a detailed chronology of events, actions, and conversations. Their goal was not to explain what the subject of the biography did or what people did around him. Their goal was to explain who the subject of the biography is. Therefore, they crafted the events, actions, and conversations together to make that point. That is what these gospels are about. Each is written from a different perspective, with a different audience in mind, driving home a slightly different nuance of meaning. But each one is designed to prompt this one conclusion: Jesus is the Christ of God. He is the anointed Lord, Savior, King, Priest. Follow Him. Become like Him. Keep reading Luke and see how every event, every action, every conversations points to this one fact: Jesus is the Christ of God. Then believe it and have life in His name.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 9.

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On Feeding the Masses

Today’s reading is John 6.

Okay. So, I know that what I’m about to say is not exactly popular today. However, please hear me out. It is very common to hear people claim Jesus came into the world feeding the hungry. “This is what Jesus did. He traveled around feeding the poor.” Then they claim our churches should make that part of their mission as well. When challenged, John 6 is thrown out. But please read the chapter again. Is this really an example of Jesus going around feeding the poor as if that was part of His mission that He just did all the time, everywhere He went? Why did this feeding happen? Because Jesus found poor people and He wanted to show His love so they might listen to Him teach? No this happened because these people were already following Him. He didn’t go find them and offer to feed them. They came to Him. He didn’t use food as permission to get to teach. They were already listening to Him teach. Then Jesus fed them. When they misunderstood and came back for the food, He scared them off. Do Christians do good as they have opportunity? Absolutely. But our mission is to get the Bread of Life to all people, not get bread of wheat to hungry people. Don’t let Satan distract Christ’s church with a neat mission and cause us to hinder and neglect the greatest mission. This is why we need to focus on making disciples.

Tomorrow’s reading is John 7.

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Don’t Get Evangelism Backwards

Today’s reading is Matthew 14.

One of Satan’s biggest tricks is to give us something really close to the gospel truth, but different enough to miss the boat in such subtle ways we never realize it is happening. Sadly, he has done that with Jesus feeding the 5000. Because of this, and one other example, many get evangelism exactly backwards. They see Jesus feed these people miraculously and start teaching that the mission of the kingdom is to make sure no one is hungry. “We need to feed people just like Jesus did,” we are told. “And when we do that, we earn the right to teach them the gospel.” But that isn’t what happened here at all. Jesus didn’t feed people, then earn the right to teach them. These people followed Jesus to hear His teaching and because they did so got into hardship. Then Jesus fed them. Certainly, all Christians do good deeds and all Christians help as they have opportunity with folks in urgent need, but lets not get evangelism and the gospel backwards. Let’s keep the real mission the real mission: saving souls with the gospel. That is real disciple making.

Tomorrow’s reading is Matthew 15.

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