(Luke 12) Jesus Prepares Us for the Cross

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"...How distressed I am till it is accomplished!" (Luke 12:50)

Introduction

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What a wonderful, fantastic Saviour we have in the Lord Jesus Christ! He came into this world for the only purpose of providing salvation to all from sin, from death, and from Satan's power and from hell. Now that He is knowingly facing the cross Himself, He is constantly preparing His disciples to face the future themselves.

He alone knows what the future holds for all of us, and whether you realize it or not, He is preparing you - if you are following Him.

Jesus prepares His disciples for the future (the cross) (Luke 12:1-34)

2 Jesus Assures His Disciples of His Father's Love and Care

"Do not fear therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows." (verse 7)

"Of how much more value are you than the birds?" (verse 24)

"How much more will He clothe you?" (verse 28)

"Your Father knows that you need these things." (verse 30) (food, clothing etc.)

The point is: that even the birds which no one really cares about are fed by God (verse 24) and that God even clothes the grass (verse 28): then we who are far more valuable to God - will be provided for by God!

Our part is therefore:

3 Jesus tells His disciples to prepare for His coming (verses 35-48)

The time of His coming is unknown

He gave the illustration of the wedding:

He gave the illustration of the wise steward:

Conclusion

At this point in time, Jesus was facing a baptism, "And how distressed I am," He said, "till it is accomplished!" (Luke 12:50)

What was this baptism?

The baptism of the cross. "Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:4)

"But Jesus answered and said, 'You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?..." (Matthew 20:22)

(Also Colossians 2:12)

When our Lord gave His life on the cross, to atone for all the sins of all the human race He cried out, "It is finished." (John 19:30)

In the weeks and days leading up to the crucifixion, Jesus was faithfully preparing His disciples, because as His followers they too would face the hostility of the hypocrites and of some of the ungodly. These same words of preparation to them are always relevant to today's world and to today's Christian disciples.

"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me." (Matthew 10:38)

"...If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." (Luke 9:23)

There is a cross for every Christian - but it is not a cross imposed by Christ. It involves publicly identifying yourself as a Christian. It is the cross of opposition. This cross is necessary so that the gospel can grow and progress throughout the world.

But greater than the opposition, Christian disciples today have our Master's promise: "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

Note:

Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.

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