Today you’ll need a paper Bible, as we’re going to flick through chapters 9 to 19 of the Gospel of Luke.
Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem is packed with incidents and teaching.
Find Luke 9 in your Bible. Modern Bibles are split into sections with headings; this is done by the publishers of Bibles to help people find different events, stories and themes in the Bible.
We’re going to flick from Luke 9 to Luke 19 and look at the headings. You’ll probably recognise many of the stories from the headings, but some may be new to you.
In your family look at one of the sections together. It may be a favourite story about Jesus, or some of Jesus’ teaching. Or it may be a section you don’t recognise, but would like to examine further.
Read through the section and think about what is going on. Think about how it fits into the story Luke is telling, as we’ve been hearing in the Bible Project videos and the themes Luke keeps highlighting.
Here are three simple questions to ask about the section you’re reading:
1 – What does this tell us about God/Jesus?
2 – What do we learn about the world and people?
3 – What do we learn living as a Christian in the world?
The Prodigal Son
The video features one of the most famous parables that Jesus ever told – the Parable of the Prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32.
One really interesting aspect is the reaction of the older brother at the end of the parable. He feels the whole thing is desperately unfair – his younger brother has gone off and done everything wrong and is now getting a party, while he has stayed and done everything right… but no one is celebrating him.
We can probably understand why he’s so upset!
The issue seems to be his understanding of what’s going on and what’s important. He thinks it’s all about what we do, while the father thinks it’s all about having relationship.
The older brother has done everything he’s supposed to do, but he thinks of this as his work – chores that are a duty – instead of it being part of the family.
This is really easy for us to do with our faith. We think the Christian life is about doing the right things (and not doing the wrong things) so God will reward us, instead of thinking it’s really about being close to God, and because of this we live a certain type of life.
Are there aspects of being a Christian that you think are a bit like doing your chores? Or perhaps it’s choosing to not do certain things that it feels like other people get to do?
Think about why you feel like this. How might you think again about these things to understand them in terms of family-relationship with God, instead of ticking off your jobs.