1. The Believer's Gift to Christ, Part 2 (Luke 21:34-36) John MacArthur

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    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-265 We are obviously in the midst of the largest, longest, most elaborate and most expensive celebration in the western world, Christmas. Nothing even comes close to it. In fact, you could collect all other holidays celebrated in the western world, put them together and they wouldn't approximate Christmas. More activity goes on, more events, more spending, more celebrating, more parties, more everything than with any other event. In fact, this is surely the most well-known ancient story in all of western civilization, the story of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. And it's interesting to me that the world would spend so much time and so much effort for good and bad reasons to accumulate such a massive event as to what Christmas has become, realizing that at the heart of it all, it is to mark the birth of the Son of God. It is amazing what the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ two thousand years ago has set in motion in terms of society. And it seems to me it gets bigger every year. It certainly starts earlier every year...for sure. Though the main event historically is the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, that no longer is the simple reality of Christmas...that has been severely obscured and confused and clouded by unrelated silliness like Santa Claus and reindeer and all the entourage that goes with that. And mix in a few winter items and somehow you get a rather confused scenario. But still, the reason for all of this at the heart is the birth of the Son of God. The world has literally created its biggest party around that event. There will not be a party the next time He comes. In fact, the Bible says all enterprise business will cease when He comes. It will be the end of everything. The Bible says no more music, no more singing, no more joy, no more celebration the next time He comes....

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    • The Undying Faith of Christians Facing Death, Part 2 (Luke 21:18-19) John MacArthur

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      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-259 We come now to the Word of God and this is the high point in our worship as we hear from God, Luke 21 is the text we're looking at. For those of you who are visiting with us, just a brief word. We are going through the gospel of Luke, word by word, verse by verse, and having a wonderful time in doing that. It is Luke's record of the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. We find ourselves in Luke 21 in the last week of His life before His crucifixion. It is actually Wednesday of that week. He will be crucified on Friday. Wednesday He spent teaching in the temple and then in the evening He left the temple ground, took His disciples, went to the Mount of Olives, sat down with them and instructed them about His Second Coming. On Thursday they make the preparations and celebrate the Passover. On Friday He is crucified. On Sunday, He rises from the dead. This is Wednesday, two days before His death. He has told them He will die. He has told them He is leaving. He is here telling them He will come back. There will be a long time interval between His leaving and His returning, illustrated in the parable of the man who went on a long journey, which our Lord told earlier. He is describing what the world will be like in the time between His first coming and His second coming. It will be a world filled with trouble. The disciples expecting that the Messiah would only come one time, and that He would come and fulfill all Old Testament promises of the golden age, that He would come and the world would be filled with peace and there would be war no more, and men would beat their swords into plows and their spears into pruning hooks. There would be a time when death was mitigated and if someone died at the age of 100, they would die as an infant. There would be a time when even the animal kingdom natural enemies would no longer be a threat to one another. The desert would blossom like a rose. All the glories of the prophetic promises they expected when the Messiah came the first time. So they're having to deal with something brand new in their understanding, and that is the Messiah coming, coming to pay the penalty for sin to provide salvation. And then going away and returning at a future time....

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      • The Undying Faith of Christians Facing Death, Part 1 (Luke 21:18-19) John MacArthur

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        http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-259 We come now to the Word of God and this is the high point in our worship as we hear from God, Luke 21 is the text we're looking at. For those of you who are visiting with us, just a brief word. We are going through the gospel of Luke, word by word, verse by verse, and having a wonderful time in doing that. It is Luke's record of the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. We find ourselves in Luke 21 in the last week of His life before His crucifixion. It is actually Wednesday of that week. He will be crucified on Friday. Wednesday He spent teaching in the temple and then in the evening He left the temple ground, took His disciples, went to the Mount of Olives, sat down with them and instructed them about His Second Coming. On Thursday they make the preparations and celebrate the Passover. On Friday He is crucified. On Sunday, He rises from the dead. This is Wednesday, two days before His death. He has told them He will die. He has told them He is leaving. He is here telling them He will come back. There will be a long time interval between His leaving and His returning, illustrated in the parable of the man who went on a long journey, which our Lord told earlier. He is describing what the world will be like in the time between His first coming and His second coming. It will be a world filled with trouble. The disciples expecting that the Messiah would only come one time, and that He would come and fulfill all Old Testament promises of the golden age, that He would come and the world would be filled with peace and there would be war no more, and men would beat their swords into plows and their spears into pruning hooks. There would be a time when death was mitigated and if someone died at the age of 100, they would die as an infant. There would be a time when even the animal kingdom natural enemies would no longer be a threat to one another. The desert would blossom like a rose. All the glories of the prophetic promises they expected when the Messiah came the first time. So they're having to deal with something brand new in their understanding, and that is the Messiah coming, coming to pay the penalty for sin to provide salvation. And then going away and returning at a future time....

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        • The World in Conflict and Distress, Part 1 (Luke 21:9-11) John MacArthur

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          http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-256 We open the Word of God now to Luke chapter 21...Luke chapter 21. And this will be the fifth in our series of messages on the signs of the return of Jesus Christ...the signs of the return of Jesus Christ. And to understand His return, we are sitting at His feet and hearing Him speak about it. As you will remember, Luke chapter 21 takes place during the last week of our Lord's life, actually on Wednesday evening before His crucifixion on Friday. He sits down with His disciples on the western slope of the Mount of Olives and tells them that He will return in the future to establish His Kingdom. He will come in power and glory. The first time He came in humility to die. The second time He comes in power to reign. So we're learning about the Second Coming of the Lord from the Lord Himself. This particular message that our Lord gives is in answer to questions asked by the disciples when He told them that He was going to come and bring the Kingdom and bring the current age to an end and establish the glorious age of His Kingdom, they wanted to know when. That's an appropriate question to ask. When? And that is their question, if you will notice again, in verse 7 of Luke 21. "Teacher, when therefore will these things be and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?" And Jesus gives them the answer beginning in verse 8. It is the longest answer to any question Jesus is asked in the New Testament....

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          • The World in Conflict and Distress, Part 2 (Luke 21:9-11) John MacArthur

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            http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-256 We open the Word of God now to Luke chapter 21...Luke chapter 21. And this will be the fifth in our series of messages on the signs of the return of Jesus Christ...the signs of the return of Jesus Christ. And to understand His return, we are sitting at His feet and hearing Him speak about it. As you will remember, Luke chapter 21 takes place during the last week of our Lord's life, actually on Wednesday evening before His crucifixion on Friday. He sits down with His disciples on the western slope of the Mount of Olives and tells them that He will return in the future to establish His Kingdom. He will come in power and glory. The first time He came in humility to die. The second time He comes in power to reign. So we're learning about the Second Coming of the Lord from the Lord Himself. This particular message that our Lord gives is in answer to questions asked by the disciples when He told them that He was going to come and bring the Kingdom and bring the current age to an end and establish the glorious age of His Kingdom, they wanted to know when. That's an appropriate question to ask. When? And that is their question, if you will notice again, in verse 7 of Luke 21. "Teacher, when therefore will these things be and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?" And Jesus gives them the answer beginning in verse 8. It is the longest answer to any question Jesus is asked in the New Testament....

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            • Abusing the Poor, Part 1 (Luke 21:1-4) John MacArthur

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              http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-251 This morning I want you to open your Bible to the twenty-first chapter of the gospel of Luke, Luke chapter 21. And I want to read this somewhat familiar portion of Scripture to you, to establish it in your mind. And then we're going to look at it, I trust, in a beneficial way. Luke 21 and verse 1. Speaking of Jesus, the text says, "And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a certain poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And he said, 'Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them, for they all out of their surplus put into the offering, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.'"...

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              • Abusing the Poor, Part 2 (Luke 21:1-4) John MacArthur

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                http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-251 This morning I want you to open your Bible to the twenty-first chapter of the gospel of Luke, Luke chapter 21. And I want to read this somewhat familiar portion of Scripture to you, to establish it in your mind. And then we're going to look at it, I trust, in a beneficial way. Luke 21 and verse 1. Speaking of Jesus, the text says, "And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a certain poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And he said, 'Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them, for they all out of their surplus put into the offering, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.'"...

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                • Confronting Error with Condemnation, Not Conversation, Part 2 (Luke 20:45-47) John MacArthur

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                  http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-250 And now we come to the Word of God again, and Luke 20 is our text...Luke 20. We have arrived at the end of this chapter and we'll look at the final three verses...Luke chapter 20 verses 45 through 47. Let me establish them in your mind, follow as I read. Luke chapter 20 beginning at verse 45. "And while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples, 'Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes and love respectful greetings in the marketplaces, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, who devour widows' houses and for appearances sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation." Strong words. Unmistakable words. Backing up a little bit from this text and approaching it from afar off, we need to be reminded that the Bible warns us about false teachers from beginning to end. There have always been and there always will be false religious leaders who operate for Satan. They operate out of the kingdom of darkness, but they operate as if they are messengers from God....

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                  • The Murder of God's Son: A Prophetic Parable, Part 1A (Luke 20:9-18) John MacArthur

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                    http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-245 We have the joy of returning to our study of the gospel of Luke, this great inspired history of the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you will, open your Bible to the twentieth chapter of Luke, we come to verse 9 and a prophetic parable, a prophetic parable concerning the murder of God's Son. If you have been with us in recent days in our study of the gospel of Luke, you're very well aware of the fact that we have now entered into the last week of our Lord's life before His death. As we come to this section, it is Wednesday...Wednesday of Passion Week. Friday He will be crucified, Sunday He will rise again...this is Wednesday. Our Lord spent Wednesday in the temple area teaching Kingdom truth and preaching the gospel, so we are told in chapter 20 and verse 1. The day before, which was Tuesday, He cleansed the temple. It tells us in chapter 19 verse 45, He entered the temple, began to cast out those who were selling, saying to them, "It is written that My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a robbers' den," or a robbers' cave. He had come into the city in His triumphal entry on Monday. He went to the temple at the end of Monday, took a look at what was going on, came back Tuesday morning, cleansed the temple throughout the businesses that were illegitimately operating there, that were desecrating and blaspheming the name of God and the house of God. Having cleansed it, He then commanded it, using it as a place for His own teaching and preaching. He also healed people who were lame and blind as well as teaching Kingdom truth and preaching the gospel His act, however, of throwing out the desecraters of the temple, calling a halt to the business which was operated in the temple under the auspices of the chief priests and the high priests, was a final straw that broke the camel's back, if you will. It was the final assault on the Jewish leadership, the Jewish religious establishment. They wanted Him dead, they had wanted Him dead for a very, very long time. Increasingly they were more vitriolic and more anxious to end His life and this pushed them right over the edge. Jesus knew it would. He did it because it was right. He knew it would precipitate His death on Friday and that was by divine designs since He was to die on Friday because that was the day that Passover lambs were slain, and He was dying as the one true Passover sacrifice for sin. But that's still two days away. It is now Wednesday and in one final display of compassion and sympathy and kindness and goodness and grace, our Lord spends the day and even the next day, Thursday, teaching and preaching the gospel, bringing the message of salvation and forgiveness and eternal life to the people. They are listening. They are listening eagerly. They are still riding the emotional high of His triumphal entry on Monday. They are still hoping that He will be their promised King and Messiah, that He will bring fulfillment to all that was promised to Abraham and to David and through the prophets throughout the Old Testament. They are still hoping He will be the long awaited deliverer who will crush their enemies and lead Israel to final glorious Kingdom preeminence....

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                    • A Sinner Meets a Seeking Savior, Part 2 (Luke 19:1-10) John MacArthur

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                      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-239 We return in our Bibles to Luke chapter 19 to the familiar story, the beloved story really of the little Jewish tax collector named Zacchaeus who climbed a tree to see Jesus and to whose home Jesus went and brought salvation. One of the most familiar Sunday School stories, one of the most beloved ones. It is a story that is far more, however, than just the story. There is in this story so much spiritual truth that we find it almost impossible to get it all out. So we're going to make a run at it and see how well we do today. This is part two of the story of Zacchaeus and there well could be three or four more, but I'll restrain myself so that we can keep moving through this wonderful chapter together. Let me read for you this ten-verse section at the beginning of Luke 19. And speaking of Jesus, it says, "And He entered and was passing through Jericho and behold, there was a man called by the name of Zacchaeus and he was a chief tax gatherer and he was rich. And he was trying to see who Jesus was and he was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. And he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, hurry and come down for today I must stay at your house.' And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly. And when they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, 'He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.' And Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, 'Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.' And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.'"...

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