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Heading Towards the Cross in Jerusalem (Part 4) – The Gospels Merged

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Section 93 – Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

       (Lk. 14:1-6)

3 And it so happened that when Jesus went into the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, they were watching Him closely. And there in front of Him was a man with edema. And Jesus answered and spoke to the experts of Mosaic law and the Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” But they kept silent. Then Jesus took hold of the man and healed him, and sent him away.
Then He said to them, “Which one of you having a son or an ox that falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?”
And they were unable to reply to this. Jesus Teaches About Humility (Lk. 14:7-14) 3 And when He noticed how the invited guests were selecting the seats of honor at the table, He told them a parable, saying: “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the seat of honor, because someone more eminent than you may have been invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this man,’ –and then, in humiliation, you will proceed to take the lowest place.
“Instead, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’ –then you will be honored in front of everyone who is sitting with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
And Jesus also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors –otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they do not have the means to repay you –then it will be repaid to you at the resurrection of the just.” The Parable of the Great Banquet (Lk. 14:15-24) 3 When one of those who sat at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
But Jesus said to him, “A certain man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many guests. Then at the dinner hour he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come –for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land and I must go out and look at it; please have me excused.’
“Another one said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please have me excused.’
“Still another one said, ‘I have just married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.’
“So the servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and told his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame in here.’ And the servant said, “Master, what you ordered has been done –and there is still room.’
“So the master said to the slave, ‘Go out to the highways and along the hedges, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled –for I tell you: not one of those men who were invited first shall even get a taste of my dinner.’ ”

Section 94 – The Cost of Being Jesus’ Disciple

       (Lk. 14:25-35)

3 Now large crowds were walking along with Jesus, and turning He said to them, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters –and yes, even his own life– he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.
“For which one of you –when he desires to build a tower– does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
“Or what king –when going out to attack another king in war– will not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is still far distant, he will send a ambassador and asks for terms of peace. Likewise, whoever of you does not surrender claim to all of his possessions cannot be My disciple.
“Therefore: Salt is good –but if salt loses its saltiness, what can make it salty again? It is not useful for the soil nor the manure pile –people thrown it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Section 95 – The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin

       (Lk. 15:1-10)

3 Now the tax collectors and the “sinners” were all coming near to listen to Jesus. But the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So Jesus told them this parable, saying: “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open field and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he finds it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Then when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ –I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine ‘righteous’ persons who do not need to repent.
“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ –In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Section 96 – The Parable of the Lost Sons

       (Lk. 15:11-32)

3 Then He said, “There was a certain man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them.
“And not long after that, the younger son gathered everything together and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his wealth in wild living. Then after he had spent everything, a severe famine came throughout that country, and he began to fall into poverty. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine –and he longed to filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, but no one was gave him anything.
“But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have an abundance of bread, but here I am starving to death! I will get up and go to my father, and I will will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.” ‘
“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him –and filled compassion, he ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you –I am no longer worthy to be called your son. [Treat me as one of your hired servants.]’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate –for this son of mine was dead and now is alive again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.
“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field, and when he came neart the house, he heard music and dancing. So, he called one of the servants and asked what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has gotten him back safe and sound.’
“But the brother became angry and was not willing to go in. So his father came out and began pleading with him. But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For all these years I have served you and I have never disobeyed a command of yours –and yet you have never even given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’
“And the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and now is alive –he was lost and has been found.”’

Section 97 – The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

       (Lk. 16:1-15)

3 Now He also said to the disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a manager, and this manager was reported to him as wasting his possessions. So he called him in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, because you can no longer be manager.’
“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m embarrassed to beg. –I know what I’ll do, so that when I am removed from management, people will welcome me into their houses.’
“So he summoned his master’s debtors one by one. He said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ And he said, ‘One hundred P measures of oil.’ So he said to him, ‘Take back your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’
“Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ And he said, ‘A hundred Q measures of wheat.’ He said to him, “Take back your bill, and write eighty.’
“Then the master admired the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly –for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than are the sons of light. And I tell you: Make friends for yourselves by means of worldly wealth, so that when it is gone, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings.
“He who is faithful in a little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a little thing is dishonest also in much. So if you have not been faithful in the use of worldly wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? And if you have not been faithful in the use of someone else’s possessions, who will give you possessions of your own?
“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and wealth.”
Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed Him. And He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men –but God knows your hearts; because that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the eyes of God.

Section 98 – The Rich Man and Poor Lazarus

       (Lk. 16:19-31)

3 “There was once a certain rich man, who always dressed in purple and fine linen, living happily in luxury every day. And at his gate was laid a certain poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, and longing to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. What’s more, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
“Now it so happened, that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. Then the rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue –for I am in agony in this fire.’
“But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you received your good things during your lifetime, and while Lazarus received bad things –but now he is being comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to come over from here to you cannot do so –and neither can anyone cross over from there to us.’
“And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house –for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
“But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
“But he said, ‘No, father Abraham –rather, if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’
“But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded –even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

Section 99 – Forgiveness and Faith

       (Lk. 17:1-10)

3 Jesus said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that temptations to sin will come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble into sin. So be on your guard!
“If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.
“Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or tending sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and put on your serving clothes and wait on me while I eat and drink –and after that you may eat and drink’? He does not thank the servant because he did the things that were commanded, does he? So you also, when you do all the things that are commanded you, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’ ”

Section 100 – Ten Men Healed of Leprosy

       (Lk. 17:11-19)

3 Now it so happened that while Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, He was traveling through the area between Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered a village, He was met by ten leprous men. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, saying, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And it so happened that as they went along, they were cleansed.
Now one of them, upon seeing that he had been healed, turned back –glorifying God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving thanks to Him –and he was a Samaritan.
Then Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? But where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God, except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Stand up and go your way –your faith has made you well.”


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

by R. Totten (c) 2003

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