Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 1, 2019

“And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 21:37 to Luke 22:6.

“37 Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet.  38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching.  2 The chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they might put Him to death;  for they were afraid of the people.

3 And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve.  4 And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he might betray Him to them.  5 They were glad and agreed to give him money.  6 So he consented, and began seeking a good opportunity to betray Him to them apart from the crowd.”  Luke 21:37 to Luke 22:6.

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The people liked Jesus and wanted to listen to Him.

But, the chief priests and scribes hated Jesus and wanted to put Him to death.

Today, the people still want to listen to Jesus, so to speak.

But, too often, preachers and teachers present too much of their own stories and their own wisdom and too little of presenting Jesus through Scripture.

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 2:1-5.

We proclaim Him (Christ), admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.”  Colossians 1:28.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.  For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;”  Colossians 2:8-9.

“in whom (Christ) are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument.  For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.  Colossians 2:3-7.

“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.  I have been crucified with Christ;  and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  Galatians 2:19-21.


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