Desire That Compels

Apr 15, 2004 08:11 AM EDT

Old Testament: Joshua 19:1-20:9, Psalm 46:1-6, Proverbs 14;7-11

New Testament: Luke12: 32-59

Luke 12:50 In this context Jesus speaks of His sufferings and those of his followers. The "fire" in verse 49 may be perceived as the persecutions, afflictions, and sufferings which both Jesus and His disciples would experience. The words fire and water are commonly used in this way (Ps. 66:12; Is. 43:2). It is therefore most natural to see Jesus' statement about His baptism in verse 50, not as a reference to water or Spirit baptism, but as the baptism of suffering. Jesus also clearly expresses the intense desire which motivated Him to fulfill His Father's will-that He should bear the penalty of our sins. The verb translated "distressed" here is also used of the love of Jesus which "compels: us (2 Cor. 5:140. Zeal for the cause committed to Him by His Father was a burning reality within. That reality must burn within His disciples also.

Thought for today:

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

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