In Luke chapter 22 we are presented with a conspiracy that was formed against Jesus by Satan, Judas Iscariot, and the leaders in Jerusalem. This begins Luke’s account of what many Christians call the “passion narrative” in which Jesus makes His way to the cross. This Sunday Mr. Ford’s sermon will address the plot to betray Jesus by one of His own disciples, and how God used that act of treachery in His plan to save us from our treason against Him. Luke 22:1-6
In Luke chapter 21, Jesus gave some startling prophecies regarding the immediate future of Jerusalem as well as the eventual state of the world at large. The key to our having sufficient confidence to face whatever happens in the future is for us to place our full trust in Him. In fact, Jesus tells us in verse 33: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will by no means pass away.” Mr Ford’s sermon touches upon Jesus’ command to “take heed to yourselves,” lest the day of His coming takes us off guard. We will also look at what our Lord means when He tells us to watch for His coming so that we might be counted “worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:5-38
In Luke chapter 21, Jesus responded to people admiring the adornments of the temple in Jerusalem by warning of its pending destruction and of His judgment that would soon come upon the city. Jesus also made the issue of positive eschatology personal to Himself, speaking of His final coming and our ultimate redemption in Him that draws near. Mr Ford preaches on Jesus’ encouragements and warnings for us to be diligently faithful to Him – for us to stay awake to the Lord so the plagues of coming judgment do not visit us.
Who is the real Jesus? If you ask, people today will give you all kinds of answers. But, in Luke 20 Jesus very specifically asked who the Christ is – how He can be both David’s Son and David’s Lord. As Jesus approached the time of His crucifixion, He was effectively asking if we really understand that He is both fully man and fully God.
In Mr. Ford’s sermon, he looks at one of the most important questions posed by Jesus about the Christ which we must believe: “Therefore David calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son?” Luke 20:41-47
Jesus called Himself the “resurrection and the life” in John 11:25. In Luke 20, Jewish scholars who did not believe in the resurrection probed Jesus on the subject, and His astounding reply left them speechless. Mr. Ford’s sermon addresses Jesus’ eye opening encounter with those who questioned the One who is the resurrection regarding this central aspect of our faith. Luke 20:27-40
In the midst of an election year, it is good to be reminded of how true and timely everything that Jesus spoke remains. Jesus told His hearers during the time of the Roman Empire to “render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.” These words were as pertinent for Christians’ practical lives in the first century as they have been down through the ages to the twenty-first century.
In this sermon, Mr. Ford continues his two part sermon series on Luke 20:20-26 in which we look at our obligations to God and civil government amid the political intrigue of our day. Luke 20:20-26
When Jesus was asked whether the people of Judea should pay taxes to Caesar, He had a remarkable response. Noting a coin with Caesar’s image on its face, Jesus replied that they should “render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” This sufficed to silence Jesus’ enemies at the time but opened up a timeless issue among later Christians regarding our exact obligations to God versus those to the state.
This sermon is the first of a short, two part sermon series on our obligations to God as well as those to civil government. The first sermon will address our primary duties to our infinite Lord. This will set the stage for a secondary sermon regarding our duties under Him to finite civil authority. Luke 20:20-26
When Jesus drove money changers from the temple in Jerusalem, He was illustrating the Lord’s contempt for the corruption and usurpation of the things of God. He was also demonstrating His own authority over our access to God’s pure grace. In his sermon, Mr. Ford looks at Jesus’ sharp confrontation with those in Jerusalem in order to purify our access to the throne room of God. Luke 19:45-20:19
Near the end of Jesus’ ministry, He approached Jerusalem amid a range of emotions. He was welcomed nearing her gates amid a tumult of praise for the arrival of her long awaited King. Yet, at the same time, Jesus Himself wept over her certain doom and destruction. This Lord’s Day Mr. Ford’s sermon will address Luke’s description of the impactful emotions that surrounded Jesus’ terminal arrival at the beloved capital of Israel’s great King. Luke 19:28-48
Luke 19:28-48 (NKJV)
28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage[a] and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’”
32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. 33 But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”
34 And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” 35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. 36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.
37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:
“ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’[b] Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
45 Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it,[c] 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is[d] a house of prayer,’[e] but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”[f]
47 And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him, 48 and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.
In Luke 19, Jesus gives us an insightful parable about a Nobleman who goes away to a distant land and returns. It’s ultimately a parable about accountability – about our being debtors to His mercy. Jesus is saying that when He returns, we will each be accountable directly to Him for how we have invested our time, talents, and treasure in His kingdom. Luke 19:11-27
At the end of Luke 18, we saw that some of Jesus’ disciples went ahead of Him and tried to prevent a blind man from crying out as Christ passed his way. Jesus, in turn, granted the man his sight because of his faith.
At the beginning of Luke 19, we encounter another man who ran ahead, but the noted sinner Zacchaeus ran in order to position himself for his own look at Christ. The Lord Jesus, in turn, invited Himself into Zacchaeus’ home for all of us to have a good look. Luke 19:1-10
Luke 19:1-10 (NKJV)
Jesus Comes to Zacchaeus’ House
19 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him,[a] and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”
8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
When Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, He encountered a blind man at Jericho who forcefully insisted that the Lord show him mercy. Jesus did so by healing the man’s sight, causing him and the people all around to praise God. Mr. Ford’s sermon looks into the remarkable scene of Jesus’ healing of a man who was blind in His eyes but not in his faith. Luke 18:35-43