Scripture: Luke 13:22-35

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Teaches About Entering The Kingdom

Luke 13:22-30 (KJV) 22 And Jesus went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.  23 Then said one unto Him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And He said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and He shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in Thy presence, and Thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from Me, all ye workers of iniquity.  28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.  29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.  30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last. 

Questions:

1. What was Jesus’ answer when He was asked about the number of people who would be saved (Luke 13:23-24)?

2. What will the Lord say to those who say we have eaten and drunk in Thy presence and Thou has taught in our streets (Luke 13:26-27)?

3. From where will those being saved come (Luke 13:29)?

Answers:

1. “Strive to enter at the strait (narrow) gate: for many will seek to enter in and shall not be able.”

2. “I know you not whence ye are; depart from Me, ye workers of iniquity (sin).”

3. Those being saved will come from every part of the world – north, south, east and west.

Jesus Grieves Over Jerusalem

Luke 13:31-35 (KJV) 31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto Him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.  32 And He said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.  33 Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.  34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!  35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Questions:

1. Who was Jesus warned was out to kill Him (Luke 13:31)?

2. How did Jesus respond (Luke 13:32-33)?

3. What did Jesus say He wanted to do with Jerusalem (Luke 13:34)?

4. When would Jerusalem see Jesus again (Luke 13:35)?

Answers:

1. Jesus was warned that Herod wanted to kill Him.

2. Jesus said, “Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.  33 Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.”

3. Jesus said, “How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”

4. They wouldn’t see Jesus again until they said, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”

HEAR the WORD

Luke 13:30 (KJV) “And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.” 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse spoken by Jesus.  What do you believe this verse means? My Bible notes: There will be many surprises in God’s kingdom.  Some who are despised now will be greatly honored then; some influential people here will be left outside the gates. Many who are “great” in God’s eyes are virtually ignored by the rest of the world.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Luke 13:24 (NIV) Jesus said “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

My Bible notes: The effort we must put out “to enter through the narrow door” is earnestly desiring to know Jesus and diligently striving to follow Him whatever the cost.  We dare not put off making this decision because the door will not stay open forever. 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

When we put Christ first in our life we will be entering through the narrow door and be joining with others at the feast in the kingdom of heaven.  They too have chosen the narrow door.  With whom can you share this message?

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will stay on the narrow path that You’ve set before us (Luke 13:24).  Lord, I pray we will reach the goal You’ve set before us (Luke 13:32). Lord, I thank You for gathering us together to Yourself (Luke 13:34).  In Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I stay close to Jesus.” <>< Dona