Luke Chapter 9:27-62
for this week: 1 John 4:19 We love him,
because he first loved us.
We continue our study of
the book of Luke this week as we continue in chapter 9. Last week,
we studied about Jesus sending out the 12 disciples to preach the
gospel and to heal diseases and cast out demons. We discussed how
these special apostolic powers were only available in the early days
of the church while the word was being confirmed and Jesus proven to
be the Messiah. We now have the perfect and total word of God and
only God can heal people or remove demons. We can pray, but it is
not in a Christian today to be able to perform great miracles. We
read about the 5,000 men being fed with the small amount of fishes
and bread, and closed with a study on how discipleship requires
effort and sacrifice on our part. I want us to re-read verse 26 to
get back in the flow of the chapter as we begin with the
9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him
shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own
glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
9:27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which
shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
that some of His disciples would not taste death until they saw the
kingdom of God. Does this seem to be a false statement? We know
Jesus has not yet come and setup his earthly kingdom, and the
apostles died around 2,000 years ago. No, this is not an error in
scripture. The bible is perfect and without error. The thing that
these were to see was Christ in the appearance he will be in when he
comes in Glory to take the kingdom of this world and reign forever.
Criswell in the Believer’s Study Bible said this about verse 27.
standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of
God” is thought by some to refer to the destruction of Jerusalem,
and by others to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (cf.
Acts 2). Many find a reference to the transfiguration, which follows
shortly when Jesus appears to the disciples as a glorious King.
I am confident
that it speaks of the transfiguration as these verses immediately
follow the promise.
9:28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings,
he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to
9:29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered,
and his raiment was white and glistering.
9:30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses
9:31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he
should accomplish at Jerusalem.
and John were the men who were given this unique privilege of seeing
the Lord on the mount when He was changed before their eyes. As
Jesus prayed, it says his countenance was altered and his raiment
was white and glistering. How could this be? With men, we can
not do things such as this. But with God, nothing is impossible.
10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible,
but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Moses and Elias,
two who had died (or in Elisa’s situation translated) many years
before Christ’s life, were present with Jesus in this
transfiguration. Moses speaks of the saints that have died and
Elias speaks of the saints who are alive at the coming of the
Lord. Moses died before entering the promised land. Elijah was
translated and did not see death. That is why he represents the
living saints at the coming of the Lord. Verse 31 says that Elias
and Moses come and speak of how Jesus must die in Jerusalem. Notice
the terminology… ‘spake of his decease which he should accomplish
at Jerusalem.’ No man took his life. Jesus willingly laid down
his life. It was a great accomplishment for Him to live and die to
pay our penalty for sin.
10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I
lay down my life for the sheep.
10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also
I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one
fold, and one shepherd.
10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life,
that I might take it again.
10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have
power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This
commandment have I received of my Father.
I thought J.
Vernon McGee’s comments were good on these verses too about how the
law and the prophets could also be represented by Moses and Elias.
Two men appeared on the
mount: Moses, the representative of the Law, and Elijah, the
representative of the prophets, and they were bearing witness to
Him. What did they talk about? They spoke about the approaching
death of Christ. Paul says that the gospel he preached was one to
which both the Law and prophets bore testimony. The gospel is not
contrary to the Old Testament at all. Paul put it like this: “But
now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being
witnessed by the law and the prophets” (Rom. 3:21). The Law and the
prophets reveal that the only way God could save us is
through the righteousness that we obtain by faith. In the Old
Testament this was done by bringing a sacrifice that pointed to
Jesus Christ. The sacrificial system was the very heart of the
Mosaic system. That little lamb that was offered on the altar is
symbolic of Christ who died for our sins. And the prophets spoke of
the Lamb of God that would take away the sin of the world.
9:32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep:
and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that
stood with him.
9:33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said
unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make
three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for
Elias: not knowing what he said.
seemed to be many times tired and fell asleep at some critical
times. Here the transfiguration is taking place, and they were
heavy with sleep while Jesus was praying and being transformed.
When they awoke, Peter was quick to speak and as many times is the
case, spoke the wrong thing hurriedly. He meant well, and says that
perhaps they should build 3 tabernacles at this place, one for
Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elias. Note the end of the
scripture … “Not knowing what he said.” God help us to temper our
tongue and speak with truth and knowledge. Only with wisdom endued
on high can we accurately speak.
9:34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed
them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my
beloved Son: hear him.
9:36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they
kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things
which they had seen.
In verse 34, God
speaks from the cloud and says for them to hear Jesus and He
alone. When the voice was past, they found Jesus alone. Moses was
one of the greatest of the Old Testament, the one known as the
lawgiver. Elias was perhaps the greatest prophet of the Old
Testament. But in comparison to Jesus, they were just men. Jesus
was, and still is, the only Begotten Son of God. He was God
manifested in the flesh, and all men are of little consequence in
comparison to the Eternal One from heaven.
Why should we
1. Because He
2. Because He
has a message of truth.
3. Because He
knows what we have need of.
9:37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come
down from the hill, much people met him.
Where ever Jesus
went, many people came out to him. It says here that much people
met Him. Did they come to seek salvation, or perhaps to have a
miracle of healing performed? Some perhaps come hoping to receive
a free meal. I hope many came to have the Word of God expounded.
It was needful in their day, and it is still needed today. Oh
that people would get as excited about the work of the Lord as they
do games. You can turn on your TV set and thousands of people
flood the football games and get really excited for their team. I
know my wife and I attended Tori’s first soccer game yesterday. She
is our four year old granddaughter, and we were all jumping and
hollering and so excited as they played the game. It was a fun
time, and I’m not against having fun times. But what I’m trying to
convey is that we ought to be MUCH more excited about our worship to
the Lord than any game anywhere. If we are not careful, we can
become carnal and look forward more to the things of this life and
the physical man and let the spiritual man famish for food. We all
need spiritual bread each day, and that comes from the study of
9:38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I
beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child.
9:39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and
it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly
departeth from him.
9:40 And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could
We see that one
man brought his child who was possessed with a demon. The man knew
the problem, and he was coming to the one who could do something
about it. He says he came to the disciples to cast the demon out,
but they could not do it. Is it not a great privilege, when all men
have failed us, to be able to go to Jesus with our problem. One
thing we know about Jesus. He is always in, he knows all about our
problem, and He can remedy the problem if it be God’s Will for our
9:41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation,
how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.
9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare
him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and
delivered him again to his father.
9:43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while
they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto
Jesus tells the
man to bring the son to him. As he draws near, it says the devil
inside threw him down, and tare him. Jesus rebuked the unclean
spirit and healed the child, and returned him to his father. It
says the people were amazed at the power of God. Jesus was upset
I believe with the disciples for not having the power to remove this
devil. It takes a lot of faith and the power of Jesus’ name for
them to do it. In last weeks lesson, Jesus told the disciples that
this comes with much prayer and fasting.
9:26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him:
and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he
9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him
privately, Why could not we cast him out?
9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing,
but by prayer and fasting.
the young boy, Jesus begins teaching about how he would soon be put
Foretells His Death
9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man
shall be delivered into the hands of men.
9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them,
that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that
It says that
they did not understand, and they feared to ask Christ. Perhaps it
was due to his earlier comment about the faithless and unbelieving
had some good points about the importance of letting things sink
down into your ears.
The solemn preface with
which it is introduced: "Let these sayings sink down into your
ears; take special notice of what I say, and mix faith with it;
let not the notions you have of the temporal kingdom of the Messiah
stop your ears against it, nor make you unwilling to believe it.
Admit what I say, and submit to it.’’ Let it sink down into your
hearts; so the Syriac and Arabic read it. The word of Christ
does us no good, unless we let it sink down into our heads and
hearts. 3. The unaccountable stupidity of the disciples, with
reference to this prediction of Christ’s sufferings. It was said in
Mark, They understood not that saying. It was plain enough,
but they would not understand it in the literal sense,
because it agreed not with their notions; and they could not
understand it in any other, and were afraid to ask him lest
they should be undeceived and awaked out of their pleasing dream.
But it is here added that it was hidden from them, that they
perceived it not, through the weakness of faith and the power of
prejudice. We cannot think that it was in mercy hidden from
them, lest they should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow at the
prospect of it; but that it was a paradox, because they made it
so to themselves.
IV. The Sermon
on the Child
9:46 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should
9:47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a
child, and set him by him,
9:48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my
name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that
sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be
start arguing among themselves as to who would be the greatest.
This is not pleasing in God’s sight, and we should strive as
scriptures teach to put the benefit of others before our own. Jesus
takes the small child and sets it among them. He teaches that the
person who receives a child in the name of Christ receives him.
(Jesus) He said that the least among you all will be the
greatest. If we want to be great in God’s sight, follow Jesus’
example. He came not to be ministered unto, but to minister to
others. Jesus wanted the spirit of the little child to be
manifested in his disciples.
2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the
things of others.
V. Who is For
Us or Against Us
9:49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out
devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with
9:50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not
against us is for us.
There are many
today who teach that if you don’t follow 100% the way they do things
or the pattern they set, that you are not following the Lord. The
disciples come upon a man (very apparently a saved man), who was
casting out devils in the name of the Lord, but he was not numbered
with Christ or with the current group of disciples. John told him
to not do that, because he wasn’t in ‘their group’. Jesus rebukes
John and tells him that if they are not against us, they are for
us. So if that is true, who are true disciples and who are false?
One way we can tell is if they teach according to harmony of the
scriptures. Jesus gave us a simple test to tell who is true and
who is false.
John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out
into the world.
John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that
confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of
antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now
already is it in the world.
John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
John 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world,
and the world heareth them.
John 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is
not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and
the spirit of error.
9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be
received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
9:52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and
entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.
9:53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though
he would go to Jerusalem.
9:54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said,
Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and
consume them, even as Elias did?
9:55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what
manner of spirit ye are of.
9:56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to
save them. And they went to another village.
It says they
went unto the Samaritans and preached, and they would not receive
their testimony. James and John ask Christ if they should call
down fire from heaven like Elias did to consume these sinners.
Christ was upset with them, and tells them that ‘Ye know not what
manner of spirit ye are of.’ Jesus did not come to destroy life,
but to save men’s souls. If people won’t hear us, we should not
want them to be destroyed, but we should be kind and understanding
and pray for their souls. It takes planting, watering, and then
reaping. Wherever we are in the process, we should let God guide
us. But never bring reproach upon Jesus and the church by not
showing respect to all men. As the old saying goes, we should love
the sinner and hate the sin.
Meaning of Being a Disciple
9:57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain
man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou
9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the
air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
9:59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer
me first to go and bury my father.
9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou
and preach the kingdom of God.
9:61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me
first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the
plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
It appears that
this man was sincere and wanted to follow Jesus. It is important
that we count the cost before we volunteer to go with Christ. He
warns the man that even the foxes have holes and the birds have
nests, but the son of man has no where to lay his head. In verse
59, the one man says he will follow Christ after he goes and buries
his father. This seemed like a reasonable request, but Jesus says
“Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of
God.” If we are called, we truly should forsake all things and
follow Christ wholly. Jesus says “No man, having put his hand to
the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Are we
guilty of looking back. We should not be.
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