The Jesus Code: “Heavenly Heartburn”+ LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 39 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “Did not our heart burn within us?” (Luke 24.32).

Jesus had been crucified and buried in a borrowed tomb along with the disciples hope for the future. In Luke 24 two of them are returning home to the village of Emmaus.

The author:

Then suddenly the resurrected “Jesus Himself drew near and went with them,” but they “did not know Him” (vv. 15– 16). After this incredible encounter, “their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight” (v. 31). And their response? “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” (v. 32).

We pride ourselves today on our brilliant minds: many know the nuances of theological truths. We pride ourselves on our benevolent hands: commendable social actions abound. But what we really need are burning hearts that only come when we listen to Him on the road.

Hawkins asks the question, “How can we acquire this heavenly heart burn?” He explains that their hearts did not burn when they were walking along and talking to each other. Neither did it happen when they talked to Him. Their hearts did not burn until they began to listen to Him as He opened the Scriptures to them. Continue reading

The Jesus Code: “Don’t be among the 9!” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 38 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: Where are the nine? (Luke 17.17).

The author:

One day, near the end of Christ’s time on this earth, He was walking to Jerusalem when He encountered ten lepers in a colony to themselves. They began to lift their voices and call to Him for mercy, He stopped, spoke words of healing over them, and sent them off to the priest for confirmation of their wholeness. All ten had been healed, and nine of them immediately rushed home to their families. Only one of the ten men returned to thank Jesus, and He asked the healed leper— and us— a poignant and penetrating question: “Were there not ten cleansed? . . . Where are the nine?” (Luke 17: 17).

All ten of them desperately wanted to be healed. All ten of them cried out for His mercy (Luke 17.13). All ten of them obeyed Christ when He said “go show yourselves to the priests” and all ten of them were healed (Luke 17.14).

All they had was the word of Christ. All they had was the promise of God’s word. Yet they walked in faith and obedience.

What about you? Are you sitting by a road somewhere? Continue reading

The Jesus Code: “Love: Costly & Risky” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 37 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10.29).

The author retells the well-known story of the “Good Samaritan” in a way that reminds us of its importance in our daily lives.

Jesus told this story in response to the question we are considering this week, “Who is my neighbor?” The author begins:

With the fast pace of life today, many of us would be hard-pressed to even know the names of those who live next door. Gone are the days when we shouted across the white picket fence to borrow a cup of sugar. It is not just difficult; it is virtually impossible to love our neighbors as Christ commanded when we don’t even know their names.

Yet Jesus is challenging us to get out of our comfort zones, to put our busyness on the back burner, to stop and be like the man we call the “good” Samaritan. Interestingly, as Hawkins points out, Jesus never calls him “good.” Instead, He merely called him “a certain man.”

We tend to think that what this Samaritan did was somehow “good,” “special,” and “out of the ordinary,” but it should characterize the life of every believer.

What did this Samaritan do that we should emulate? Continue reading

The Jesus Code: “Forsaken!” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 36 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27.46).

Today’s question contains some of the last words of our Savior as He hung dying on the cross. He spoke seven times from the time the soldiers dropped that cross into a hole on Calvary until He died.

The first was a prayer, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23.24). Jesus lived out what He preached in Matthew 5 when He commanded us to “love our enemies” and “pray for those who persecute [us].”

He next statement was a promise to another dying man, one of the thieves who hung on either side of Him. “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23.43). That man had come to understand what we all must, if we are to spend eternity with Jesus:

  • That we are sinners who deserve to die.
  • That Jesus was without sin and who He claimed to be.
  • That the penalty for sin is death.
  • That God alone can offer us forgiveness and grace.

His next words were a pronouncement. “Woman, behold your son” (John 19.26). The author:

Seeing His mother, Mary, standing alongside His disciple John, Jesus commended her into John’s care. Yes, Jesus died taking care of others. Significantly, He referred to her as “Woman,” an indication that He was now severing all earthly ties. He would no longer be her son; now He would be her Savior.

Then came the darkness that, after three hours, was pierced with the haunting words of a prophecy: “My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Psalm 22:1). And after the darkness, three quick words. First, a plea: “I thirst!” (John 19: 28), revealing the human side of our Lord. Next came the proclamation: “It is finished!” (John 19: 30). The Greek word means “to be paid in full.” Jesus didn’t go to the cross to make a small down payment for our sin; He paid our sin debt in full. Finally came His last word, a profession: “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23: 46). And Jesus died.

But why was Jesus forsaken by His Father when we know that God does not forsake His people? Continue reading