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All Things New - by Michael Phillips
Study in Luke - Part 16 of 94
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Luke 5:33-39
Apr 21, 2002 am - Today, with the Lord's help, we'll move on in our study of Luke's Gospel. It's main character, of course, is the Lord Jesus Christ, who dominates every story-and properly so, because, "In all things He must have the preeminence". Thus far, the Lord has made a very bad impression on the Scribes and Pharisees. He got off on the wrong foot by telling them to repent. If they want to be acceptable to God, being better men isn't good enough. They've got to become new creatures in Christ. That didn't go over too well. And then things got worse. In the synagogue one morning He read from the prophecy of Isaiah and said it-and the rest of God's Promises-were fulfilled in Him. This nearly got Him killed. But it did not intimidate the Lord. A bit later, in a room full of Pharisees, eager to find fault with Him, he forgave a man all of his sins against God. Thus equating Himself with the Lord. Another black mark against Him in their book. If all this wasn't bad enough, He called a tax collector to follow Him and then spent several hours enjoying the company of every lowlife in Israel. The Scribes and Pharisees had had it up to here with our Lord. But He does not back down. In fact, He goes on ... More >>>

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