The verses 11:35-54 of the Gospel according to Luke present the Lord Jesus Christ's woes addressed to the Pharisees and Scribes. The Lord rebukes the Pharisees for paying more attention to appearance than to the inside, for neglecting God's love and justice by observing minor formal laws, for preferring honorable places in synagogues, and for receiving welcomes before everyone. These same accusations must also keep contemporary Christians alert, lest the latter end up in the same situation.
This episode presents the mother and brothers of Jesus. They had come to meet Him, but Jesus said that His mother, sisters and brothers are those who perform His heavenly Father's will. By these words, Jesus gave us, modern Christians, one of the greatest promises − to be Christ's brothers or sisters and have the closest spiritual bond with our Savior. During the broadcast, we also shed light on who were those called "brothers of Jesus"; were they His brothers from the same mother or were simply relatives?
Today's episode presents the scene where pharisees and scribes asked the Lord Jesus Christ to show a heavenly sign to prove that He was the Messiah. Surprisingly, all the wondrous works of Jesus were enough neither for pharisees, nor for scribes and the rest of the Jews. Answering this request, Jesus said that no sign would be given to the wicked and adulterous generation except the signs of Jonas the Prophet and of the Queen of Saba's visit to Solomon. What message and meaning do these two historical examples have for the Jews and for contemporary Christians? The answers to these and other questions are given in this broadcast.
The first part of the broadcast presents the explanation of Jesus' warning about the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. This blasphemy is the rejection of works performed by God's power, or is the ascription of them to another power. The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the rejection of the achievement of salvation by divine grace.
The second part presents the return of the unclean spirit when a man who is cleansed of an evil spirit is doomed, because of his inaction and lack of virtues, to the return of that spirit. But this time, says the Gospel, that same spirit brings back with itself seven other similar spirits.
At the beginning of this episode, the verses Luke 8:1-3 are interpreted that tell of Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Susanna, women who followed Jesus and ministered to Him from their properties.
The second part of the episode presents the story of the healing of the dumb and blind man by the Lord Jesus. This case became an occasion for the surrounding people to doubt that Jesus was the son of David, that is, Christ. This doubt was deepened by the efforts of the Pharisees who said that Jesus cast out demons through unclean spirits. To this, the Lord responded with several arguments, which are explained in our program.
This episode tells about an interesting event that happened in the house of Simon the Pharisee and is preserved only in the Gospel according to Luke. A sinful woman approached Jesus and washed His feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. Simon the Pharisee, surprised by what was happening, thought that if Jesus were a prophet, He would know who this woman was. While Jesus, knowing well who she was, just gave her opportunity by His mercy to repent of her sins.
Immediately after the resurrection of the Nain widow's son, Luke the Evangelist presents John the Baptist who had been imprisoned and would periodically get information by his disciples about the life outside. So John sent messengers to Jesus to ask Him whether Jesus was the one whom the Jewish people waited for or they had to wait for someone else. John asked this question so that his disciples could themselves have the opportunity to see Jesus and be convinced that Jesus was the promised Messiah. After answering John's disciples in words and deeds and after those disciples had departed, Jesus in his own turn explained to those present who John the Baptist was.
This episode tells the story of the first act of resurrection by Jesus in the city of Nain. Jesus saw a widow who was sending her only son on his final journey and took pity on her. Jesus approached and touched the bier that carried the dead body and raised the young man.
This episode presents the story of a miracle that is preserved in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. It is the healing of the centurion's servant. Upon entering the town of Capernaum, Jesus was asked by Jewish elders and friends of a Roman centurion to heal the centurion's servant, according to Luke, or the centurion himself, according to Matthew. The centurion demonstrated such great faith that Jesus hadn't found even among the Jews. Jesus condemned the Jews, saying that many Gentiles, by the example of that centurion, will come from the West and the East and will take their places at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven, while those that consider themselves sons of the Kingdom will be thrown out of the Kingdom, and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This episode is dedicated to the last part of the Sermon on the Mount, which speaks about those who do God's will and those who build houses on sand and rock. Those who call on the name of God and even perform great works in that name but do not do God's will shall not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
Those who listen to God's words and do not do them are like a man who builds his house on sand. While those who do them are like a man who builds his house on a rock. The listeners and doers of God's words will overcome all life difficulties easily.
The verse Mt 7:12 is considered to be the culmination of the Lord's teaching: "Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." The Golden Rule is the completion and summary of the entire Sermon on the Mount. Before Christ, others also taught the same but in the negative form: do not do to others what you do not want others to do to you; while Christianity stresses the importance of doing and not rejecting. The episode also discusses the two ways and the false prophets.
Matthew 7:1-10 verses are read where Christ teaches not to judge and warns about being judged in the same way as one judges others. This phenomenon is particularly common among Christian believers and church goers. While they must be more cautious not to judge and not easily give advice. The episode also discusses prayer, which is compared by Christ with asking, searching, and knocking at the door.
The Lord Jesus Christ gives the example of birds of heaven for not worrying about life's matters, about eating and drinking. It is important to understand that Christianity is not against worrying about life but rejects excess concerns and worrying about the future. Christians must be sure that God takes care of them. This episode of the program also discusses the harms of luxury and the shopping, a very common addiction in the world nowadays.
The Lord Jesus Christ warns us that the illuminated state of our body directly depends on the illumination of this same body's lamp, that is, the eye. As the bodily eye illuminates the body, so also the spiritual eye makes the spirit either pure and illuminated or dirty and dark.
The broadcast also discusses the impossibility of serving two lords: God and Mammon, spiritual and moral values, eternal life and material reality, money and wealth. Christianity, without rejecting wealth and material values, warns about not putting our hope in wealth.
The broadcast discusses, on the one hand, the transient treasures that humans gather for their life on the Earth and, on the other hand, the heavenly treasures that humans must gather for the life in Heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ warns us that wherever our treasures are our hearts will be there as well. What are the heavenly treasures, and how to deal with money and material values without becoming their slaves? Does Christianity reject wealth and material goods or not?
The Jews used to perform all three main virtues, charity, prayer, and fasting, ostentatiously. On Mondays and Thursdays, when a market was organized, the Pharisees demonstrably, with disfigured faces, stood in the streets showing that they were fasting, asked for water or bread from traveling poor salespersons and gave that food or water to others, while in the Temple, they prayed in such a way that everyone could see them. The Lord Jesus speaks against all of this in the Sermon on the Mount.
The broadcast presents the next request in the Lord's Prayer, that is, of keeping us away from temptations. It is interesting that in the Book of Genesis we see that God tempts Abraham, and the Gospel tells about Jesus' temptations in the desert, while the Epistle of St. James the Apostle says God doesn't tempt anyone and is not Himself tempted by the evil one. Then what is temptation, whom does it come from, and what to do in temptations?
Today's broadcast presents the only earthly request in the Lord's Prayer, that is, the request for daily bread, telling that we should not only ask bread for ourselves but also for our brothers and sisters because we begin the Lord's Prayer by saying "Our" Father. The presenter also talks on asking forgiveness for our sins, reminding us that we ask God to forgive us in the same way as we ourselves forgive those who have trespassed against us.
The broadcast explains the first three requests of the Lord's Prayer – on the holiness of God's name, on the coming of God's Kingdom, and on the establishment of His will. Also the first words of the prayer, "Our Father," are discussed and it becomes clear that all people are part of the same God's creation and are equal. The phrases "God's Kingdom" and "Kingdom of Heaven" used by the synoptic evangelists are also explained, and their application and meaning are presented.
The broadcast presents the Lord Jesus Christ's teaching on prayer. Jesus warns His followers not to pray ostentatiously like the hypocrites and be loquacious like the pagans. He instructs us to enter our inner room, close the doors, that is, all the means of communication with external world, listen to our inner voice, stand face to face with our impurity, errors, and sins, and embark on the path leading to repentance and self-purification.
What was charity like in Jesus' times and what is it like nowadays? What should the true Christian charity be like? Can we consider giving money to beggars in the streets charity? What does Christ demand from those who perform charity? What is the goal of secrecy of charity performance so that even your right hand should not know what the left hand does? The broadcast answers these and related other questions.
The broadcast covers the last passage dedicated to the true teaching of the Law. Jesus instructs to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for them who torture and persecute us. What does it mean to love enemies? The Greek word for love has at least four meanings. Which is the meaning of the word "love" used by Jesus when speaking about love for enemies?
Jesus also warns all those who love only their relatives and friends, thinking they do a great thing, while they become like the tax-collectors and sinners by this.
The broadcast discusses the most interesting passage (Mt 5:38-42) of the Sermon on the Mount that is related to the law of retaliation: "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." This is also the most problematic passage that has caused contradictory emotions and explanations. The Lord Jesus introduces another commandment instead, which instructs to also offer the left cheek when being slapped on the right one. What does Jesus mean by this? Is this a demand for a perfect obedience or silence when human dignity is trampled? Or does this have another meaning?
The broadcast discusses the habit of taking oaths that was common among the Jews. The Jews took oaths, for example, by Jerusalem, heaven and earth. Just as in the previous passage of the Gospel, here also, the Lord Jesus Christ, without rejecting the Law of the Old Testament, raises the habit of taking oaths to the level of simply promising that one's yes should be yes and no should be no.