Sermon Notes for Luke 6 and 7

Posted on 24. Jan, 2016 by in Church News

It made me sad to have cancel our services together this Sunday, but the weather didn’t seem to care how I felt. I hope that you all are warm and safe in your homes with your family. Sabbath can happen at church, but it can also flourish at home when you rest and remember and love. 

I had mostly finished my sermon for this week when we had to call the service off. It’s a sermon that will never be preached. It’s still a little rough around the edges, but the meat of the idea is there. This was written to be preached, not read. But, I thought I might post it here anyways and maybe it can add to your Sabbath this Sunday. 

My mother-in-law gave me a book on Sabbath keeping last year and I have slowly been reading it. It’s not the kind of book that you rush. It’s called The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan. If you follow my blog posts on the website that name should ring a bell for you, because I have been posting the end of each chapter I read online for you to journey with me. I felt an itch this week to pick it up again. The chapter I read was called The Rest of Time: Stopping to Number Our Days Aright. It turned out to be exactly what I need both personally and for today’s sermon. The things Mark talks about in that chapter are exactly the things we see Jesus living out in Luke 6 & 7.

Psalm 90 is a Psalm written by Moses. Before the psalm begins it says, “A prayer of Moses the man of God.” I love what this man of God prays in verse 12, he cries out to God and asks the Father to “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Wisdom comes from learning to number our days aright. You don’t need to be wise to sign up for God’s school. But if you’re diligent, attentive, inquisitive in his classes, you’ll emerge that way.

There are two different kinds of time in the Bible, chronos and Kairos. Chronos time is the kind of time that counts the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years. It is the kind of time that keeps a full calendar that is so stuffed there’s no room for any disaster, distraction, or good deed. Most of us live in chronos time and we count away the seconds of our lives.

That though is not the kind of numbering that Moses was praying about. Chronos living does not lead to wisdom and it does not seek first the kingdom of God.

Kairos time is the kind of time that numbers our days aright. Kairos time is the fullness of time. It’s the right time at the right place. It’s not found on a watch or a calendar. It’s found in a moment well spent.

Paul says in Ephesians 5:15-16 – Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

The word he uses for time is Kairos.

Kairos is working out where time and eternity meet. It’s paying attention to how God is afoot in the mystery of each moment.

For only those who number their days aright gain wise hearts. Only they become God’s sages: those calm, unhurried people who live in each moment fully, savoring simple things, celebrating small epiphanies, unafraid of life’s inevitable surprises and reverses, adaptive to change yet not chasing after it.

A common characteristic of chronos time people is their drivenness. They have a plan. They are moving. Go. Go. Go. Sometimes though in the midst of all that drive and go we forget why. We lose the point of it all. Action and movement in themselves become the point and purpose is lost.

Kairos people are exactly the opposite. They manage their time less and they pay attention more. And yet somehow in the midst of their wandering they get more real purpose filled work done then the chronos people could ever dream of.

As I looked at Luke 6 and 7 I noticed something about Jesus. He was available. He had an inner ear for the Father’s whispers, a third eye for the Spirit’s motions.

Let’s take a look.

Luke 6:1-2 –

One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

And then he used that simple moment to teach a profound truth.

Luke 6:6-10 –

On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.

Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”

10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored.

Luke 6:12-13 –

12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:

Luke 6:17-20 –

17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.

20 Looking at his disciples, he said:

Luke 7:1-6 –

When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.”So Jesus went with them.

Luke 7:11-15 –

11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Luke 7:20-24 –

20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”

21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

24 After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John:

Luke 7:36-50 –

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

That was like a week in the life of Jesus. What did you do this last week?

Jesus was the embodiment of Kairos time. God filled, purpose filled, wisdom filled days.

Jesus wandered, taught, healed, and blessed.

He noticed everything and anyone. People captured His attention and He gave them all that He had.

He invited us to go and do likewise. He invites the driven. The chronos people to look at the birds! Look at the flowers! Do you see this woman? Where are the other nine? Why do you call me good? Who do you say I am?

He challenged us to have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Purposefulness requires paying attention, and paying attention means – almost by definition – that we make room for surprise. We become hospitable to interruption. But to maintain that kind of purposefulness we need a conviction in our bones that God is Lord of our days and years, and that His purpose and His presence often comes disguised as detours, messes, and defeats.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

(Mr. Holland’s Opus)

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