Week Nineteen

WEEK NINETEEN 

THE WAY OF THE CROSS

·        Jesus knew that the cross lay ahead of him, yet he ‘resolutely set out for Jerusalem’. Follow this trail of references: Luke 9:51-53; 17:11; 19:28,37, 41, 45. He was finally crucified outside the city (Hebrews 13:12-14). 

THE TEMPLE AND CITY

·        The temple of Herod was to be destroyed (Luke 21:6) and the city trampled on by the Gentiles (Luke 21:24)

.·        The stone (Jesus) rejected by the builders (20:17) is the cornerstone of God’s real House – His people in which He will dwell.

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DAILY READINGS AND NOTES – WEEK NINETEEN 

Day 1: Luke 18 Prayer is strength (verse 1) and should teach us humility (verse 14). The Kingdom of God accepted now can mean life for us in the world (age) to come (verse 30).
Day 2: Luke 19 The establishment of the Kingdom is FUTURE – to be seen when Jesus (represented by the nobleman in verses 11-12) returns.
Day 3: Luke 20 Jesus quoted Psalm 2 as a reference to himself as God’s Son and David’s ‘Lord’ (verses 41-44).
Day 4: Luke 21 The release of Jerusalem (verse 24) from non-Jewish domination will be accompanied by world wide disasters (as TODAY) (verses 25-26) and heralds Christ’s return (verse 27).
Day 5: Luke 22 Jesus looked forward to sharing (communion) with his disciples in his Kingdom (verses 16-18).
Day 6: Luke 23 The thief (verse 43) believed in the coming Kingdom (verse 42) when the earth will be a ‘paradise’ (garden).
Day 7: Luke 24 Understanding the Old Testament involves seeing Christ through its teaching (verses 25-27, 44-45). The risen Christ still used the Old Testament; it is essential to Christianity.