Summary: If a fully trained student is like his teacher, we need to seriously consider who we allow to hold that position in our life and in our children’s lives.
In this part of Luke’s gospel we see how Jesus began to get into trouble with the religious leaders. Chapter 5 tells us how he touches a leper and later announces to a man that his sins are forgiven, then he demonstrates his authority to forgive by healing the man. He doesn’t fast like he’s expected to, and he even goes to share a meal with a bunch of sinners, tax collectors and the like. He preaches about change from old to new. He confronts the religious leaders instead of supporting their way. His interpretation of the Sabbath law goes beyond anything they can imagine. He says that the son of man is Lord of the Sabbath! They can’t believe it! So they set him up. Sabbath comes and they watch him to see what he will do about a man with a withered hand.
Jesus openly challenges them. He asks, “Is it right to do good or to do evil on the Sabbath?” They didn’t answer so he healed the man. When they saw this they realized that he had basically made them accomplices to this healing by giving them a chance to refute him. Since there was no objection, Jesus said, “Stretch out your hand.” And the healing was done. They were furious. What do you do with such a man!
Luke now tells us that Jesus spent the night in prayer and then selected 12 men as apostles. Immediately he begins their training with instructions about lifestyles and relationships.
I want to go through this with you before we come back and focus on one part for our lesson.
He groups things in sets of 3 or 4 with balance and comments. Notice: Poor, hungry, weeping, and those spoken against for his sake are all blessed. Rich, filled, laughing, well spoken of are cursed with woes.
Notice how Jesus says to deal with enemies: love them, do good to them, bless them, pray for them. What do the enemies do? They strike you, steal from you, beg from you.
You are to love, do good, and lend without judging. Be merciful like God is. Don’t judge or condemn, but forgive and give. Giving is richly rewarded.
He tells a parable about a blind man leading a blind man. “Both will fall into a pit,” says Jesus. Then Jesus makes the statement that we will return to shortly: a student fully trained becomes like his or her teacher. We will explore this in a minute.
Jesus concludes this lesson with more instruction about how to judge properly and ends by a wise man/ foolish man illustration of builders to demonstrate what happens to those that follow his instruction and those that do not.
Now this is a brief summary of this chapter. I have selected something that seems to be a core matter and also a very timely message for us today. Jesus, in this chapter is the teacher. He makes an insightful point in verses 39-40 that underscores what it means to be a Christian. Jesus saves those that follow him. He teaches us. We become like him.
Listen to Jesus words again: And He also spoke a parable to them: "A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?
"A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.