THURSDAY, JUNE 9
Scripture: Luke 22:35-39
Luke 22:35-39 says, “And He said to them, ‘When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?’ So they said, ‘Nothing.’ Then He said to them, ‘But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” For the things concerning Me have an end.’ So they said, ‘Lord, look, here are two swords.’ And He said to them, ‘It is enough.’ And Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.” In Luke 22, we find Jesus announcing a transition. He is transitioning from the Priestly ministry to the Kingly ministry. In verse 36 Jesus announces a change in rules. All the rules that were given when they first went out to evangelize including “turn-the-other-cheek” were about to change. The rules changed with Jesus’ death and resurrection. He said, “If you have a money belt take it, if you have a sack take it, and if you have no sword sell your cloak and buy one. After forty years of ministry I have never heard a message exhorting me to sell my suit and buy a sword. We act as if this passage does not exist. Jesus said, “Sell you garment and buy a sword.” Luke 22 outlines the missing step for the church. Why is the church 99% Priestly and maybe 1% Kingly? The issue is, we never made the change. We never made the shift. We never made this transition that Jesus announced in Luke 22. Our generation reflects a Priestly mindset where the church is led by those in ministry who never made the transition. If the leaders would make the transition the church of Christ would be far different from what we see today. There is no fear of God in government because there is no fear of God in church. The reason there is no fear of God in church is because the leaders in our generation have not made this shift. We have chosen to camp out with the Priestly and to utterly ignore the Kingly. And we have the fruit to prove it! We have a church that is not equipped to confront evil and the sad thing is, it is our fault. It is what we have chosen to teach from the pulpit that has made it this way.