2021_08_30 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Luke 13-14
The tension is rising as we head into Luke chapters 13 and 14. Chapter 13 begins with the people telling Jesus about Pilate’s slaughter of worshipers in the Temple and several people killed in a tower collapse. It was not uncommon for people of Jesus’ day to view disease and horrendous deaths as punishment for sin, but Jesus again dispels that and urges the people to repent. This also gives us a picture of Pilate, who Jesus will eventually be brought before. Historians such as Josephus have recorded Pilate’s ruthless deeds.
In Luke 13:22-30, Jesus speaks of the narrow door as an illustration of the way of salvation. It’s not the path taken by the majority; it is a path of self-denial and daily carrying your cross. Jesus is telling them that the majority will not choose to do this, and we certainly see this in our day too. Jesus paints a frightening picture of those who think they are on the “inside” but aren’t. Let’s look at verse 26: “Then you will say, ‘But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’” These people thought they knew the house owner in the story, but he tells them in verse 27 that he doesn’t know them or where they came from.
I read an article this week that was heartbreaking, but I think it speaks to the point Jesus was making. The article quoted a survey from Probe Ministries called the “2020 Religious Views and Practices Survey.” The survey sample was over 3,000 Americans between the ages of 18-55. Here are some unsettling highlights:
· Between 2010 and 2020, beliefs in core Christian doctrines fell from 47% to 25%, although those surveyed identified as Christ-followers.
· For those between the ages of 18 – 39, more than 60% say Jesus is not the only way to salvation, including Buddha and Muhammad as possible alternatives.
· More than 30% say they think it’s possible that Jesus sinned while on the earth.
To read the full article and find links to the survey, go to https://bit.ly/3gD6ItM
My point is this; it’s time to do a serious examination of ourselves. Is Jesus just a Sunday morning thing but not really part of your daily life? Is your life changing because of following Him? Who is your biggest influencer – Jesus or what you read or hear on your favorite news channel or from social influencers? You and I are being intentionally discipled by whatever we consume the most. What takes the bulk of your time? These are essential questions that we all need to wrestle with now more than ever. The door is narrow. Don’t miss it.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach