October 5th

Luke 23-24

  • 23:1 – Pilate was a low-level Roman leader. He was basically like the mayor of Longview, TX.
  • 23:7 – This is not the same Herod that wanted to kill him when he was born.
  • 23:18-25 – It was custom for Pilate to release one prisoner at Passover. The crowds chose a murderer and asked that Jesus still be killed even though no fault was found in him.
  • 23:27 – Not everyone had turned against Jesus. He still had a faithful following who were distraught over his impending death.
  • 23:28-31 – Jesus is saying that if these people will reject and crucify Jesus when he’s on earth, how much less will they honor him when he’s not present. In a way he’s saying, it would be better to not even have children than to have to watch them dishonor Christ so greatly.
  • 23:34 – Even when he’s about to be crucified, he’s still offering forgiveness.
  • 23:43 – An unlikely candidate, this is the only person, other than the disciples, Jesus explicitly tells that they will be in heaven with him.
  • 23:46 – The temple curtain was designed to separate the holiness of God from the sin of the people. Jesus’ death both symbolically and literally removed this barrier.
  • 23:50-51 – The council had approved Jesus’ death, but Joseph of Arimathea dissented.
  • 23:1-11 – It is significant that it was women who first witnessed Jesus’ resurrection because the testimony of women did not count.
  • 23:12 – Once again, it is Peter who is first to seek out Christ.
  • 24:13-27 – Though the prophets had foretold what would happen to Jesus and Jesus tried to explain it himself before his death, many Jews thought he could not possibly be the Messiah because he died. They had had such hope before and now had lost it.
  • 24:28-35 – Though quickly, the resurrected Jesus revealed himself to Cleopas and his friend.
  • 24:36-44 – Obviously a resurrection is hard to believe because it doesn’t happen often. The disciples convinced themselves that Jesus was just a spirit, so he not only showed his scars, but also ate food, which a spirit wouldn’t do.
  • 24:49 – The disciples were instructed to keep their work contained to Jerusalem until they received power from on high, which was the Holy Spirit, which they received on Pentecost.

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