Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
January 21, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<314> Thesis: The issue of what is valuable arises out of the issue of what is at stake. Introduction: In our previous studies, we saw that Luke presented Jesus in the light of One Who was making deliberate choices about what was important. This is the age-old, never-finally-settled-by-those- who-vacillate, question of love: what is valuable and why? God always answers this question the same way because of Who He is and What He is like, but men tend to answer it according to the "felt need of the moment". Jesus knows two things very well: He knows what is important; and He knows that men decide what is important in terms of how it will affect them. So, the record before us this morning is a record of Jesus dealing with fickle men who do not know what is really important. If we consider what He did, and why, perhaps we will grow in our grasp of how to make legitimate decisions. From what we see of Jesus in this record, I want to put this notion before you this morning.