Picking up in Luke 9 at verse 28, we have turned a corner. Peter has pronounced his certainty that Jesus is the Christ of God, and Jesus has begun to detail the 2 elements of #5, the Gospel unto them. The remaining five parts of Luke 9 commence with the Transfiguration in verses 28 thru 36. It probably stands to reason that He reserved this special privilege until after Peter’s confession, sealing the conviction of it forever, as Peter mentions the experience in II Peter 1:16 thru 18 more than three decades later! Who could forget that? We next read of the Deliverance of the Boy with an Evil Spirit with verses 37 thru 45. We find Jesus reprimanding His fellow Jews for their unbelief. Noting that it is a #2, sin; and for a second time, makes reference to #5, the Gospel unto His disciples in verse 44. We can see a #9, New Life instruction with verses 46 thru 50, where we are given to understand that the believer on Jesus is to humble himself to the lowest place among fellow-believers, so as to be as their servant.
With verse 51, we have another turning point, as Luke’s Gospel already, here as early as in chapter 9, is heading right for Passion Week, which will not commence until 19:28, and the Triumphal Entry. Between here and there, Luke will include much material in the next 10 chapters unique to his Gospel account only. Verses 51 thru 56, and the matter of Samaritan Opposition and the vindictiveness of James and John is told us, right after He had encouraged their meekness! With the final passage, verses 57 thru 62, the sense of urgency with which Jesus presses the 2 who offer to follow, about their need to proclaim and serve concerning #10, the Kingdom, is due to how little time is left, before Jesus should enter into His Passion; as He’s headed directly for it already in Luke’s account.
That, and with chapter 10, we find 3 parts; the first being Jesus sending out 36 teams of 2 to go throughout Israel, between where they were to the north in Samaria, down to Jerusalem, where they were headed for His last Passover. Their message would be #10, the Kingdom; but the not-so-veiled threat is that the #2, sin of rejection would result in #3, severe judgment, all within verses 9 thru 11. The call, therefore, is to #6, repent, as verse 13 makes clear, so as to avoid this judgment. So, as verse 16 directs, do not reject Jesus the Christ! Just as clear, is that those who have embraced Jesus as the Christ have their names written in Heaven, or the Kingdom, where we read is the Lamb’s Book of Life in Revelation 20:15 and 21:27. Be certain your name is there!!! Verses 25 thru 37 is the Parable of the Good Samaritan. It is #9, New Life instruction for believers. After all that has been said, religionists teach that we should be like the Samaritan of the parable in order to save ourselves. We cannot ‘justify’ ourselves, is the point. Only God can justify the sinner, as Romans 3:20 thru 5:2 so clearly teaches. But, we are to take away, that as a follower of Jesus, we exercise pity v.33, and mercy v.37, as the Samaritan did. The chapter closes with Martha and Mary in their home. See how Jesus desires personal attentiveness, more than service done unto Him. Love, worship and adore Him! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell