26 Stare at only Jesus

Luke 6:39-49
Proverbs 3:21-26

T To the level of Jesus

 The last story of the sermon of plains begin, "And He also spoke a parable to them" (39). One of the parable is that "A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?" (39). There are many parables after Verse 40, but perhaps all of them depend on this parable, and it seems that one thing is told as a whole one.

 This proverb, "a blind person guides the blind person", seems to have been spread in the ancient society widely, but Matthew regards this as a thing for the Jew religious leader Pharisee (15:14). Jesus said it at a place of the training of disciples now. The text of this morning was conscious of disciples, in particular the apostles who were set up; and, for them who had the situation who should become good example for every thing as leaders of the churches soon, but, they had to carve in their heart it deeply, the same pit would be waiting for them also. The people whom they were going to contact in order to preach the Gospel were definitely the people who were equal to a blind person. Their life did only unnecessary interference to another person without noticing that one's eyes had a beam; and it seemed the state that a house was built on the ground (Matthew, sand) without the base, totally. Because the apostles had to go into the place of such a life of the people who heard a story of Jesus together here, it would be necessary for them to be going to agree with them anyway. However, in the level of the person who took the Gospel, it had to be never their friend.

 "The level of a person taking the Gospel" are told here some. Let's chase them order. At first, it is from Verse 40. "A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher." It seems this was the proverb spread. And it seems Jesus and apostles are put on top of there. It will mean that Jesus wants them to stare at the level of Jesus. It is not merely trained at random, and it is to approach there by staring at the level of Jesus; but, it does not say the level of God. If we will say about the level of God, it exceeds far human thought, but it is not so, His intelligence and sensitivity of Jesus as a son of God would be trained consciously at least, I imagine it so. Perhaps, it seems that it is said here. Of course, the disciples would have to take the training of mystery parts to heal a sick person, and they got such power; but they would get it from Jesus, rather than training.

U The absolution of the cross

 The second is it; "And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, "Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye", when you yourself do not see the log that is in your eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye." (41-42). It seems that "a speck" and "a log" point at the sin of the person. When they criticized sin of other's, the apostles had to know their own sin was bigger than other people. That sin was forgiven. When we preach the Gospel, the size of that absolution becomes the important condition above all of; we modern people must know it, too. When we often point out the sin of other people, we look at ourselves in a place that we are right, but Jesus is admonished that there must not be such a thing. Because the absolution is the only message of a person who take the Gospel. They had to tell the cross of Jesus. When we hear it so; about the thing that Jesus taught there "For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit; nor, on the other hand, a bad tree produces good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for the mouth speaks from that which fills his heart." (43-45); we can understand it the principle of Gospel of Jesus taught that "Satisfy your inside by absolution of My cross"; don't you think so? They were called to preach (to tell) the Gospel as apostles. When we preach the Gospel, as a matter of course, we want to take it in our heart; it is a principle very much, first of all, the one who preach the Gospel is invited to the Gospel.

V Stare at only Jesus

 The third thing that Jesus told about the level of person who preach the Gospel, it is the last. "And why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like: " (46-47) First, He urged attention, "hear it!". If we say it in contemporary style; will it be "Attention please!"? "he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard, and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house upon the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great" (48-49).

 We must understand the topography and the climate of the Galilee district to understand a story of Jesus. Let's easily explain it. From Jordan Valley to Dead Sea, there is a deep ditch of inner space several hundred meters. And, because these two plates (bedrock: from the west Mediterranean Sea and the east Arabian desert) moved and collide at a speed of several millimeters in a year, this ditch becomes the place which creep in of the earth deeper. Those bedrocks swell and open the deep mountains in both sides of the ditch before it collides, and form the deep mountains on both sides of the ditch, and there is a layer of the thick limestone on the firm bedrock and a layer of sand soil of approximately 10 meters on the top, but this is quite thin. By the way, there is a rain which exceed 600 millimeters a year in this district (The Japanese average year rain rate: 1,200 millimeters), and it centers in wet season of October and March, and it becomes a terrible heavy rain and flows into the lake. When a person builds a house, he digs nearly 10 meters to the layer of the limestone and seems to lay a base. However, about this building the house, because it was a then principle to be built the house by help of relative and neighborhood, not by a specialized carpenter, it would be think there would be the person laying a proper base or being not so.

 As for the person of such Galilee, they were taught the importance of the base while using what they have experienced many times really, but this base is Jesus and the ground possibly may point at Adam (a human being). Luke used expressly the word called "the foundation" (Matthew does not use it), but it would be the thing learned from his teacher Paul. "According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I built a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ," (1 Corinthians 3:10-11) Perhaps, this house will be a one as a believer. However, it was important to put it deeply in their heart for the apostles going to build the house, the group who believe Jesus (a church). Because, when a church was built, there were many danger basing on wisdom and sense of values of Adam (a human being). On such a base; I hear it is the problem of myself. Destructive power of the floods is the power of the Satan; and it will warn that the such power which Jesus has experienced will block before them, by all means. Man is made foundation, isn't it rightly the expectation of the Satan? We want to stare at only Jesus and to hear only The words (the Bible). Because it is the foundation moved by nothing.