PolitiFact – No, Mike Pence never said people need ‘Jesus care’ more than health care
When it comes to words, the internet has a way of distorting them or completely faking them out. In addition to his religious beliefs, Vice President Mike Pence is well-known for his religious beliefs, and a fake quote attributed to him is currently making the rounds on the internet, claiming that he once stated that people with pre-existing conditions require “Jesus care” more than they do health care. The complete text of the alleged comment is as follows: “The American people do not require more health-care services, but rather better health-care services.
Getting more individuals with pre-existing health conditions back into churches, I believe, would result in a great deal of healing and the eradication of a great many of these problems.
We can rely on the Lord to provide for us.” As part of Facebook’s ongoing efforts to fight fake news and disinformation in its News Feed, the post was marked for review.
There is no record of Pence ever uttering those statements in his life time.
- It was ultimately defeated in the Senate.
- In less than 24 hours, it had amassed approximately 200 social media shares.
- The sign is apparently from a Facebook page named “Fox News the FB page,” which reportedly began spreading the phony quotation after it was posted on the page.
- Alyssa Farah, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, also informed us that the remark is false: “Vice President Pence did not say this quote, which is a fabrication.
- 14th of February, 2019 Facebook post TruthorFiction.com, People with pre-existing conditions require Jesus care-fiction, according to Vice President Mike Pence.
- The 4th of May, 2017 Interview conducted through email On February 18, 2019, Alyssa Farah, press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence, said As we navigate a world filled with wild speculation and bogus news, please join us in standing up for the facts.
False claim: Mike Pence says American people do not need more healthcare; instead, need more “Jesus care”
“What the American people need is not more health care,” Vice President Mike Pence claimed in a Facebook post on February 29, 2020, visiblehere, according to the photograph. More Jesus concern is what we require. Getting more of these people with pre-existing health disorders back into the churches, I believe, would result in a significant increase in healings, as well as the disappearance of many of the difficulties that they are currently experiencing. Doctors are not a source of concern for those who live godly lives.
- Additionally, according to the New York Times, Vice President Mike Pence would oversee all coronavirus messages from government health professionals and scientists.
- The most notorious example of this accusation is that, when serving as governor of Indiana during an HIV outbreak, Pence delayed the formation of a temporary needle-exchange program, which may be seen here.
- Fox News, the FB Page” is written on the pixelated logo at the bottom of the image, which looks similar to the Fox News logo.
- The text in the image is also weirdly structured and shows signs of extra editing, such as low quality and a typeface that is different from the text font in the original image, among other things.
The original photograph, which was likely the source of this allegation, was shared on December 19, 2016, by the verified Fox News Twitter account, and may be seen here. In the photograph, Pence sends a message of congratulations to Trump, who had just been elected President of the United States.
Incorrect: Mike Pence did not suggest that the American people needed less healthcare, but rather that they needed more “Jesus care” for their health. -phone -onlyfor-tablet -portrait-upfor-tablet -landscape-upfor-desktop-upfor-wide-desktop-up
Did Mike Pence Say Americans Need More ‘Jesus Care,’ Not Health Care?
In early May 2017, an image macro with a health-care proclamation claimed to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence became popular on social media, with the following alleged quote (with grammatical errors in the original): “What the American people need is not more health care.” More Jesus concern is what we require. I feel that if we could only get more of these folks with pre-existing health disorders back into churches, we would see a significant increase in healings and a significant reduction in the number of problems.
- We can rely on the Lord to provide for us.
- Republicans’ efforts in the United States House of Representatives to pass a measure (often referred to as “Trumpcare”) repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (commonly referred to as “Obamacare”) were reaching a fever pitch at the time of the election.
- Mo Brooks (R-Alabama), a major supporter of Trumpcare who had gone on record as suggesting that “those who lead excellent lives” are healthier and less likely than others to have pre-existing medical disorders.
- The quote, on the other hand, was completely invented.
- Despite the presence of what looks to be a Fox News logo on the picture macro at first sight, Fox News was not associated with its distribution in any manner.
In addition to lampooning Fox News and conservative politics in general, the Facebook page also includes: The fact that Pence was instrumental in crafting a version of the health care legislation that allows states to waive certain provisions, such as the prohibition on insurers raising rates on people with pre-existing conditions, does not mean that people with such conditions would be better served by attending church.
Does Jesus Care?
“.they brought to him everyone who was sick or tormented by demons,” says the author. (Mark 1:32, New Revised Standard Version) This section of the Gospel according to Mark is one of my favorites. The events of Jesus collecting his followers, performing miracles, and announcing the Good News all take place in fast succession in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke. With this Gospel, we need to take some time to absorb the words and allow them to sink in because the story is sparse and each word or phrase holds a great deal of significance.
All those who were sick or possessive were brought to him because the word got out so quickly about him.
I don’t believe there is any possibility to have a personal contact with Jesus without being profoundly affected.
All too often, we come to Jesus with a preconceived notion of what we think needs to change in ourselves and our environment.
Although everyone who encountered Jesus expressed a desire to know him better, the Gospel of Mark also records opposition and consternation from those who appeared to only want what they wanted and were seemingly closed off to the vast, unfathomable possibilities that can only come from an open and vulnerable encounter with God through Jesus.
I’m curious what might be different if, when we went to God in prayer, we didn’t look for a specific outcome or visible result, but instead adopted a disposition of openness to whatever transforming, healing, and renewing work God was doing within and through us. Peace, James+
Jesus Cares Ministries Programs
According to surveys, around 80% of persons with special needs and their families report feeling welcomed at churches. Through the initiatives of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM), more of these priceless lives that God cherishes are being embraced with open arms.
Learn about our different programs
- Religious education classes: Volunteers instruct a religious education class using our Dear Christian Friends curriculum. Voluntary educators are provided with training. Worship at the Cross:Everyone should be given the chance to worship God in a way that is meaningful to him or her, regardless of religious affiliation. When persons with cognitive disabilities attend a worship service, the “Worship at the Cross” service is meant to make each portion of the service have a specific significance. We encourage you to come and experience what it is like to “Worship at the Cross.” Locate a service provider in your region. Beginning in 2020, we will be broadcasting Worship at the Cross services live on the internet. Services are broadcast live on the JCM Facebook page on the second Tuesday and fourth Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. New acquaintances: With the help of worship, education, and fellowship opportunities, New Friends provides high school and college students with the opportunity to form genuine and meaningful friendships with their peers who have special needs.
The excitement that is shown when people with special needs join together to celebrate God and encounter the Gospel in a joyful and meaningful way is unlike anything else you will ever experience. A greater number of individuals than ever before are having the opportunity to experience that delight via fellowship with JCM, which is available both online and in person.
Start a Program
Our Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) staff members are available to assist you and your congregation in launching a program. Contact us now to learn more. Every circumstance is unique. Hosting a JCM Sunday to introduce the ministry to your fellow church members, completing initial volunteer training, and assembling the necessary materials are all important first steps to take. Start a program of your choosing.
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Pastor Joel GaertnerDirector of Jesus Cares Ministries
- Besides overseeing the general ministry, Pastor Gaertner is also in charge of establishing and overseeing the Jesus Cares Ministries initiatives in local congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in the Wisconsin town of Cudahy. “The opportunity to lead the JCM ministry has given me the freedom to be innovative while also concentrating on the most effective methods to serve the special needs community.” We are determined to go to whatever length to spread God’s Word, whether it is by live streaming worship sessions or translating Bible lectures.”
Pastor Patrick FeldhusJCM consultant
- He also works as chaplain at Hope Residence, an assisted living complex in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is involved in the development and mentoring of JCM programs in the states of Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Pastor Feldhus and his wife, Debra, live in the Minnesota town of Belle Plaine. “Because of my position, I get to witness the effect of God’s Word on a daily basis, both at Hope and through JCM. For as long as I can remember, I’ve thought that taking care of one’s spiritual life will have a favorable impact on one’s physical life.”
Youth culture in the United States is in crisis. Millions of people live lives that are filled with suffering and devoid of significance. Seventy-eight million Americans were born between 1980 and 2000, according to the Census Bureau. This is the generation known as the Millennials. Despite the fact that 65 percent of them would claim to be Christians if asked to fill out a government form, less than 20 percent have a biblical knowledge of Jesus and principles of salvation. If statistics are to be believed, less than one in every five Millennials has a personal relationship with Christ that brings forgiveness and the hope of eternal life.
- This is a vast mission field to get involved with.
- It has been claimed that reaching the Millennial Generation with the Gospel is the most difficult undertaking, but if you know where to find them.and how to approach them.the process becomes much simpler.
- The Jesus Cares Outreach is a high-profile media campaign launched by Champion Ministries, dba Groundwire, to raise awareness of Jesus’ love for everyone.
- Since 1997, he has worked as a full-time speaker and author, having previously engaged in local church youth ministries.
- ” “How do we influence those who aren’t asking the correct questions and who aren’t willing to get to where we are?” we wonder.
- Groundwire has been utilizing media and technology to communicate the love found in Jesus Christ with teenagers and young adults since its inception in 2003.
- Throughout each commercial, the spectator or listener is invited to engage in a dialogue with “someone who understands.” Volunteer coaches are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to listen, encourage, and point chatt ers toward Jesus.
- The Bible states that God’s compassion drives us to repentance, yet more and more people do not think that He is kind and caring toward them.
- As a result of carefully using the most effective media sources with the message that Jesus Cares, we are witnessing hearts open to the offers of Jesus and lives transformed.
Groundwire was founded and is led by Sean Dunn, who is also its president. The national headquarters are located in Castle Rock, Colorado.
January – June 2020
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR GROUNDWIRE God is in the process of moving and blessing. He is allowing us to increase our influence while also refining our processes and procedures. We have become more effective and efficient than we have ever been. In that case, the question becomes, “What’s next?” We are in a position to expand rapidly and witness an increase in the number of persons who come to believe in Jesus Christ. Given the rapidity and change of technology and society, we do not have a set 5-year strategy.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to reply.
Relevance: Our ultimate objective will always be to expand the relevance and effect of our work among the unreached.
Promote spiritual growth among new Christians by providing them with online tools for the purposes of encouraging, equipping, and engaging them Revenue:Through a variety of strategic channels, we want to see a rise in revenue sources year after year, with the ultimate goal of reaching more and more people with the Gospel of Christ.
- Groundwire provides a variety of possibilities for you to collaborate with us in order to target the Millennial and Generation Z populations.
- Every Wednesday, we send you a prayer update, which includes prayer requests for the ministry for the upcoming week.
- You can gain access to the prayer wall by clicking on the following link: Groundwire Prayer Partners.
- Our Spiritual Coaches help thousands of broken and wounded individuals each month by chatting with them online at JesusCares.com/chat.
Please see the following link for further information on the procedures to complete in order to become an online Spiritual Coach: The Champion’s Circle consists of the following individuals: We created Champions Circle because we recognize that believers in cities all throughout America are passionate about seeing the lost in their communities come to faith in Christ.
People who join with Groundwire financially, regardless of the amount they provide, enable us to continue to promote the Jesus Cares message with the Millennial and Generation Z generations through social media.
Groundwire has been awarded the Platinum Standard rating by Guide Star, which is the highest grade that can be achieved.
To make a donation, please click here: Add Your Church to the List: We at Groundwire want to see every new believer continue to grow in their newfound trust in Christ.
For this reason, Groundwire is eager to collaborate with Kingdom-minded churches across the United States, where new Christians can be linked if they want to do so. Click here to find out more about becoming a Groundwire Partner Church: Groundwire Partner Church Information.
As many people as possible will be given hope, love, and purpose via the Bible. People contribute generously to Groundwire, enabling us to communicate the Jesus Cares message with Millennials in the United States who are lost and hurting in their lives.
- What is the best way to make a donation? There are a variety of ways in which you may make a difference in the lives of Millennials by donating to Groundwire.
You may make a donation online by clicking HERE. To make a contribution, you can mail a check to Groundwire PO Box 1323, Castle Rock, CO 80104. You may make a donation to Champion Ministries, dba Groundwire, using your donor advised fund (DAF). Our EIN number is 84-1341326. The essential job of evangelism is supported by all financial offerings, which are used to spread the Gospel message via various marketing channels and to give internet support to individuals who are taking the next step in their faith in Christ.
- What proportion of my money is used to support certain projects
Groundwire complies with the financial standards of the ECFA for partnership. Historically, 78 percent of the money has gone directly to the program. If you prefer, you may join up online HERE or phone us at 303.660.3582 and we will assist you in getting your account established.
- I am a monthly donor, and some of my information has changed—please see the attachment. What should I do to make it different?
If you have any questions, please give us a call at 303.660.3582 or send an email to [email protected]. We would be delighted to assist you. Yes, if you’re in the United States. Every year, you’ll receive an email with a tax receipt for any donations made throughout the calendar year. When accepting presents in kind, a receipt will be mailed to the recipient within 10 days of the gift being delivered. For all overseas partners, you would need to look into your country’s tax regulations in order to decide whether or not your donations to Groundwire are qualified for a tax credit in your country.
- Do you make your yearly financial statements and audited reports public?
For our financial responsibility, we have a policy of openness that we must adhere to. For more information, please see our 990s online, or you may send an email to [email protected] and ask for copies of either our previous year’s financial statements or our audited financial statements.
- I’d want to talk with someone in a position of authority. How can I get in touch with Sean or the Groundwire’s Board?
Any questions, concerns, or comments should be directed to [email protected], which will be forwarded to all members of the leadership team. Any communication will be delivered to the right person or individuals, and if a response is necessary, you may expect to get one within a reasonable amount of time. We are convinced that the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God is valuable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, and that it may be used to accomplish these goals.
- John 14:16, Mark 1:10-11, and Matthew 28:19 are all references to Jesus Christ.
- No one else can get to the Father except through His Son, Jesus Christ.
- James 5:16, John 3:16, Romans 10:9, John 14:6, Acts 4:12 are examples of passages from the Bible.
- Exodus 15:26, Isaiah 53:5, Psalm 147:3, and other passages We are certain that Jesus Christ is Lord and that He is the same yesterday, today, and for all eternity.
- Hebrews 13:8 and John 14:2 are two of the most important Bible verses.
- John 12:1-11, Luke 9:23-24, Matthew 16:24-25, and Luke 12:31 are some of the passages to consider.
- Psalm 119:11, Psalm 1:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Hebrews 4:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Praying with sincere genuine fervor is believed to be a two-way channel of communication between God and the believer, and the ardent heartfelt prayer of a virtuous man or woman can accomplish much.
- However, everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is a member of the same body, which can take on many different forms.
- THIS GENERATION: We are sure that God is deeply concerned about the well-being of all people.
God is raising up an army of on-fire, God-loving individuals who will set a high standard of godliness among their peers and in the eyes of the world as a result of their efforts. Psalm 7:17-18, Acts 2:17-18, and Jeremiah 29:11 are examples of passages to consider.
Does Jesus Care?
She (Martha) approached him (Jesus) and inquired, “Lord, don’t you care?” she questioned. “I construct light and create darkness, I bring about well-being and bring about tragedy; I am the Lord, who accomplishes all these things,” says Jesus in Luke 10:40. “In all circumstances, God works for the benefit of those who love him,” says the Bible (Isa. 45:7). (Rom. 8:28) If you ask me, the circumstances in which Martha called your compassionate heart into question was very pathetic, Lord Jesus. She felt relegated to kitchen tasks while her sister enjoyed spending time with you and your family.
- Those seasons are characterized by vulnerability, religious crises, and a strong sense of struggle.
- 11:3), cynical like Asaph (Psalm 73:21-22), and despairing of life like Paul (2 Cor.
- You’re welcome, and we’ll meet you right there.
- Many years before the Day of “all things new,” you provide respite to the restless (Matt.11:28-30: Rev.21:5).
- Thank you for providing us with adequate grace and trusting hearts.
- That is made very apparent in the Gospel.
- today and in the future.
- Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee, where he has served since its inception.
Does Jesus care more about what we do or what we believe? (I’m going with the first option)
This question sprang into my head a few weeks ago as I was sitting in church, feeling a little too proud of myself, to be quite honest. Despite the fact that this isn’t a brand-new question, it is one that is both extremely significant and relevant to me at this point in time. Is it more important for God to love everyone, including those who believe differently, or is it more important for God to prioritize proper thinking about God? Now, you seasoned veterans of this type of query are no certainly rolling your eyes right now, perplexed as to how I could have overlooked the obvious: “Hey Enns, go back to seminary.” Everyone understands that good thought and right conduct are not mutually exclusive, but rather are complementary.
That’s what I meant.
Do not “right thinking” among followers of Jesus–though theoretically the inverse of “right living”–all too often overshadow common decency toward others (even toward fellow followers of Jesus), let alone the kind of love Jesus talked about, once we leave the classroom and step out into the real world?
- Even when we have unresolved theological difficulties concerning the Bible, God, Jesus, Christianity, the cosmos, mankind, and other inconvenient individuals that come into our life, we may choose to love them regardless of our differences with them.
- Alternatively, we can justify sacrificing loving kindness in our efforts to establish, maintain, and defend proper thinking about things such as the Bible (God), Jesus (Christ), Christianity (the universe), humanity (and so on).
- I am not creating a fictitious character.
- This is a decision that we must make all of the time.
- And, once again, I see that, technically, proper living and right thinking are inseparable from one another.
- For the sake of this question, I’m referring to a genuine option that each of us faces more frequently than we would think during the course of a day.
- If we’re being honest with ourselves, Is there a silent check list, an exam of some type, that the other person has to pass before you can move forward?
- Do we excuse those actions on the grounds that, in practice, theology takes precedence over love?
- Are we more concerned with God’s approval of our ideas or with our ability to live properly?
- No, not in the traditional sense.
- As for Paul, he had his share of rage at times, but his rage (e.g., Galatians and 1 Corinthians) was aimed at both incorrect thinking and incorrect living, as well as against individuals in whomhe had made a significant personal investment and over whom he had spiritual authority.
As a result, we are unable to claim Jesus or Paul as an excuse. For me, I am responding affirmatively to my own question. Not in theory, but right now, in the present: Jesus is more concerned with what we do than with what we think.
Does Jesus Care About Syntax?
Does Jesus give a damn about the rules of grammar? The tale of the prodigal son serves as a powerful reminder that He does. We have a tendency to view His parables as though they were whole, self-contained pieces. Despite this, there is frequently more happening on outside the parable than inside it. Take, for example, the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31). Before you can figure out the single meaning, you have to cycle through three different “intents”:
- The objective of the story
- Jesus’ intent in delivering it
- And Luke’s aim in presenting it are all important considerations.
The first two are critical, but the third—intent—is Luke’s where we’ll end up in the end. The syntactical structure of Jesus’ speech is critical to getting there. Does Jesus give a damn about the rules of grammar? The order in which His tale is presented in Luke 15 shows that He does. The Parable of the Prodigal Son The story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-31 is often regarded as one of the most beautiful chapters in the Bible: It’s a beautiful narrative of heartfelt remorse, magnificent regeneration, and joyful restoration that will warm your heart.
- It’s all about music and dancing and having a good time.
- A deeper examination reveals that the story has a fairly tragic ending, rather than a joyous one.
- as well as (2) “What was Luke’s motivation for inserting it?” We learn that Jesus’ objective is not to spotlight the good periods in our lives.
- You see, everyone in the entire chapter, with the exception of one person: the elder brother, is pleased and delighted about everything.
- It is necessary to study the syntax in order to see it.
- Jesus was addressing sinners and tax collectors in his discourse.
- Jesus answers with three parables, but it’s actually just one narrative told three different ways.
There was a lot of jubilation.
There was a lot of jubilation.
There was a lot of joy.
The fact that the problem has remained unsolved is as troubling.
Now his oldest son was out in the field, and as he approached the home and got closer, he could hear music and people dancing.
27 And he told him, “Your brother has arrived, and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf since he has received him back in good health.” 28 However, he became enraged and refused to enter.
30 But when this son of yours arrived, who has consumed your possessions with prostitutes, you sacrificed the fatted calf in order to appease him!” 31 And he told him, “Son, you are constantly at my side, and all I own is yours.” 32 It was appropriate to rejoice and rejoice because your brother was dead and now he is alive; he was lost and now he has been recovered.” Do you understand what Jesus is trying to say?
- This entire collection of three parables is in reaction to the Pharisees’ arrogant remark, “This guy accepts sinners and eats with them” (15:2).
- The Syntax of the Prodigal Son The Pharisees are being told by Jesus that they are the older brother.
- You assert that you have been serving your father for many years (15:29).
- You performed this ceremony and adhered to these rules and regulations, but your heart has become calloused as a result.
Take a look at the personal pronouns of the elder brother: “I “have served you(15:29);” I “have never disobeyed(15:29);” You “never gave” me “a young goat(15:29);” you “never gave” me “a young goat(15:29);” you “never gave” me “a young goat(15:29);” you “never gave” me “a young goat(15:29);” you “n (15:29).
If someone asks, “Why do I dine with sinners and tax collectors?” the answer is simple: The solution is found in the third parable, which reads: We should rejoice and be pleased because these sinners and tax collectors (like the younger brother in the parable) were spiritually dead and have now been resurrected; they were spiritually lost and have now been found; they were spiritually dead and have now been discovered While sinners gladly receive God’s forgiveness through faith, you (the Pharisees) are acting like the elder brother, who is hyper-critical and self-centered.
If there were any uncertainties, Jesus makes it clear in Luke 16:14: “The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all of this, and they mocked Him.” The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all of this, and they ridiculed Him.
It was the father who got to the heart of the matter: “I forgive your brother,” he begs, “why can’t you?” he asks.
Likewise, Jesus was declaring to the Pharisees, “God has forgiven these sinners and tax collectors,” and they were appalled. “How come you can’t?” We must sift through the three intentions in order to identify the enduring significance.
- But it is the third point—intent—that Luke’s brings us to our ultimate goal. The syntactical structure of Jesus’ speech is critical to getting there. Jesus doesn’t seem to be bothered with formalities. It appears that He does, based on the way His tale is written forth in Luke. The Prodigal Son is a story about a son who returns to his family after a long period of absence. A section from Luke 15:11-31, about the prodigal son, is frequently regarded as one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible: It’s a beautiful narrative of heartfelt remorse, glorious regeneration, and joyful restoration that will leave you smiling. It is the story of a wayward kid who comes to understand his father’s unconditional love. While it is true that it is about music, dancing, and having a good time, is it really about having a good time? An examination of the story’s conclusion reveals that it is not a happy one. Wedosee’s repentance, rebirth, and restoration of the younger brother are described. When we ask ourselves (1) “What is Jesus’ purpose in the tale?” we find that we have a better understanding of the story. (2) “What was Luke’s motivation for including it?” he inquires. The reason Jesus came was not to highlight the good times, as we previously thought. Instead, his goal was to uncover the older brother’s feelings of resentment towards him. Observe that everyone, with the exception of one individual in the entire chapter, is happy and excited. This individual is his older brother. Afraid of being judged and unforgiving, he becomes enraged, jealous, and critical. Consider the syntax in order to comprehend it. Situation of the Prodigal Son The context is found in Luke 15:1-2. Jesus was speaking to sinners and tax collectors at the time of his public appearances. The ultra-critical Pharisees begin to complain about Jesus eating with such sinners, and they are right to be concerned. However, it is really just one story told through three parables. First and foremost, there was a sheep that went missing and was later discovered. Great jubilation erupted in the room. A coin that had been misplaced and then found was the next item on the list. Great jubilation erupted in the room. It was finally resolved by finding his son who had been separated from his parents. A lot of people were ecstatic. but then things started to go downhill: It is difficult to forget the final scene, which depicts a jealous, hypercritical and bitter older brother. It is equally troubling that the situation has not been resolved. Jesus’ teachings in Luke 15:25-32:25 are summarized as follows: Suddenly, his older son emerged from the field, and as he approached the house, he could hear music and dancing in the distance. 26, and one of the servants was summoned to explain what was going on. 27 27 And he told him, “Your brother has arrived, and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has received him back in good condition.” 28 However, he became enraged and refused to enter the room. 29 His father approached him and entreated him, 29 but he responded, “Look, these many years I have served you, and I have never disobeyed your command, yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I may celebrate with my friends.” You killed the fattened calf for your son, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, but you didn’t tell him about it! He then told him, “Son, you are always with me, and everything that is mine is yours. ” 32 It was appropriate to rejoice and rejoice because your brother had been dead and was now alive
- He had been lost and had been found.” See what Jesus is trying to communicate with you here? In response to the condescending comment of the Pharisees, “This man receives sinners and eats with them,” the entire three-parable set is given (15:2). When Jesus points His divine finger at the Pharisees, He is essentially saying: “You, Pharisees, are acting like the older brother!” (Matthew 23:34) In this “break” in the parable-pattern, there is a syntactical clue that points to the unforgiving, critical spirit as the central theme. Structure of the Parable of the Prodigal Son To the Pharisees, Jesus is saying: “You are the younger brother.” The ” irate ” individuals are you (15:28). His refusal to let you into the building has left you feeling resentful
- (15:28). This long period of time, you claim, has been spent serving your father (15:29). You assert that you have never disobeyed the orders of your superiors (15:29). However, despite the fact that you performed this ritual and adhered to these rules and regulations, your heart has become callused. Spirits of skepticism, resentment, and arrogance exist among you. “I “have served you(15:29)
- ” I “have never disobeyed(15:29)
- ” You “never gave” me “a young goat (as in 15:29)
- ” you “never gave” me “a young goat (as in 15:29)
- You never gave” me “a young goat (as in 15:29)
- ” you never gave me “a young goat (as in 15:29)
- ” you never gave me “a young goat (as in 15 (15:29). Jesus structures all three parables in the set in such a way that they all contribute to the final scene. Alternatively, if the question is “Why do I dine with sinners and tax collectors?” Fortunately, the third parable provides the solution: We should rejoice and be glad because these sinners and tax collectors (like the younger brother in the parable) were spiritually dead and have now been resurrected
- They were spiritually lost and have now been found
- It is appropriate to rejoice and be glad because While sinners joyfully receive God’s grace through faith, you (the Pharisees) are behaving like the older brother: hyper-critical and self-absorbed. When it comes to money-loving Pharisees, Jesus makes it clear in Luke 16:14: “The Pharisees heard all this and ridiculed Him.” If there were any doubts, Jesus clarifies it in the next verse: “The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this and ridiculed Him.” “You are those who justify yourselves in front of men, but God knows what is in your hearts,” He said to them. As a result, whatever is exalted among men is considered an abomination by God. Considering the Importance of the Parable In the parable, the father identified the root problem as follows: A heart filled with resentment and rage. It was the father who got to the heart of the matter: “I forgive your brother,” he begs, “so why can’t you?” For the same reason, Jesus was addressing the Pharisees: He was saying, “God has forgiven these sinners and tax collectors.” I’m not sure what the problem is. The three intents must be filtered through in order to discover the one that is eternally applicable.
Does Jesus give a damn about the rules of grammar? The order in which His parables are presented shows that He does. Pastor of First Baptist Church in Springville, Alabama. His doctorate in expository preaching came from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where Chip graduated with honors. He likes spending time with his family, has a strong desire to see others saved, and is dedicated to the study of the Scriptures.
Does Jesus Care?
Then he set off for a town named Nain, which was about an hour away. His disciples, as well as a big audience, were accompanying him on his journey. When he got close to the town gate, a dead guy was being carried out by a group of people. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow at the time of his birth. She was accompanied by a huge group of people from the city. Thirteenth, when the Lord saw her, he was moved with compassion and told her, “Don’t cry.” He then came up to the casket and touched it, causing the pallbearers to come to a halt.
16, then everyone was filled with awe and praise, proclaiming that “a great prophet has risen among us” and that “God has visited his people.” 17 This information about him spread across Judea and the surrounding area.
What leaps out to you the most as you read these verses? Put yourself in the position of being a member of the vast throng accompanying Jesus and His followers. What stands out to you about what is happening there? What do you take away from your experience with Jesus? Luke keeps a diary of everything that happens. In the distance, they could see a massive funeral procession exiting the city gate as they approached the entrance. What’s intriguing about this is that we’re given specifics. This deceased individual was the sole son of his mother, who was a widow at the time of his death.
- In addition to grieving the loss of her only son, she was confronted with the reality of being without relatives, alone in a male-dominated culture, and with no one to look out for her.
- His heart went out to her when He saw her, and He told her, “Don’t cry,” since He knew she needed to.
- However, when He saw her, our Lord’s heart went out to her in her grief and anguish, and He consoled her.
- Afterwards, He moved his hand across the stretcher on which his kid was being carried in a continuous motion.
- What on earth had just occurred?
The emotions have been switched around! Immense anguish was transformed in an instant into great joy and jubilation! But who was this One who had the ability to revive the dead? To the bystanders, it was crystal clear: “God has come to see his people.” Self-Assessment Questions to Consider
- Are you heartened by the fact that Jesus’ heart reaches out to you when you ponder your troubles and issues that are painful? Take a look at these song lyrics: Is it important to Jesus that I say goodbye to the person who means the most to me on this planet? And my broken heart hurts to the point that it almost breaks—Does it matter to Him? Is He able to see? He is concerned, to be sure. I’m confident He is concerned! His heart has been touched by my anguish
- When the days are long and the nights are long and dismal, I know that my Savior is concerned
- Jesus serves as an example of how to love people while they are in need. Despite his best efforts, he was unable to care for the widow. He didn’t do it because he felt obligated to, but because he was concerned. When He saw her, He felt a deep sense of compassion for her. The realization of Jesus’ love for you serves as a basis for your desire to care for others. Who in your circle of influence is in desperate need of Jesus’ love and care? Do not put off taking action.
Prayer for the Missions Please remember to pray for Mark and Vesta, who are worldwide workers in our church family. More information on their life’s goal and emphasis may be found here.