BIBLE: Luke Chapter 9 – Headline “Toe-Tagged, Dead Over Freight”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Sending Out the Twelve

Luke 9:1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
  • What would you do if you were given this power and authority?
  • The next question is … do you have this power and authority and not know it?
Luke 9:He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Luke 9:And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
  • Do not focus on the things of this world. Stay focused.
Luke 9:“Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
  • Do not get involved with village conflict. Stay focused.
Luke 9:And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
Luke 9:So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.

Herod Seeks to See Jesus

Luke 9:Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,
Luke 9:and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.
Luke 9:Herod said, “John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?” So he sought to see Him.

Feeding the Five Thousand

Luke 9:10 And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
Luke 9:11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.
Luke 9:12 When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.”
Luke 9:13 But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.”
And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.”
Luke 9:14 For there were about five thousand men.
Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.”
Luke 9:15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.
Luke 9:16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude.
Luke 9:17 So they all ate and were filled (satisfied), and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.
  • NOTE: Matthew 5:6 The beatitudes: blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

Luke 9:18 And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
Luke 9:19 So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.”
Luke 9:20 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

Luke 9:21 And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one,
Luke 9:22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
  • The disciples heard it, but they didn’t “get it”. They weren’t at the tomb on the third day.
  • Even the Jewish leaders had heard that He claimed He would rise from the dead the third day; albeit they were concerned the disciples would create a ruse by stealing His body. They urged Pilate to seal the tomb. Matthew 27:66

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
  • Note: Why did Jesus chose the word “cross”? He was prophesying the means of His own death.
  • Who took up Jesus’ cross? Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear His cross. Mark 15:21
  • To pick up one’s cross is to die to self so one can follow Jesus.
  • One must “die to self” by asking God what is on His agenda daily, and not follow one’s own agenda.
Luke 9:24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it,
  • This is the opposite of dying to self. It is doing everything possible to save one’s self even at the cost of turning your back on God.
but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

The cross is a metaphor for self-sacrifice

Crucifixion is the Antidote for Death

The cross is the anti-venom to Satan’s snake bite
since anti-venom is made from the venom of the snake


The death of Jesus on the cross is the anti-venom for man’s sin
since it was Satan’s venom that put Jesus on the cross.

Luke 9:25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?
  • There is an acronym used at the shipping dock; “DOF: Dead Over Freight.” No one knows who owns the freight, who shipped it or where it should go. Metaphorically, it is destined for either the slave market where it is auctioned off to the highest bidder or … it goes to the graveyard for lost freight.
  • Dead Over Freight: A Parable

    To describe the owner and auctioneer of the slave market is to say he is handsomely charismatic but deliciously sadistic. His captives were “Dead Over Freight”; lost and unclaimed; and they now belong to him.

    One of the auctioneer’s captives caught the eye of the only son of a wealthy land owner, who was determined to purchase her for himself.

    For this reason, the auctioneer, enjoyed being exceptionally cruel to her- knowing there was nothing that the son could do to help her.

    The son continually tried to purchase her but the auctioneer continually refused to sell her.

    The son wept in that he could neither help her, nor – not help her. He was forced to witness her torment daily.

    The son petitioned his father to reason with the auctioneer, to act on his behalf.

    Again and again both the father and the son made offers, but again and again the auctioneer refused, delighting in tormenting not only his captive, but the father and the son as well.

    The father, exasperated, asked the auctioneer “Ask any price and we will give it.”

    The auctioneer finally gives him a price: He will give her to him for a pound of His Son’s flesh; specifically, nothing less than the Son’s beating heart detached from His body to be placed in the auctioneer’s hand.

    The Father is the wealthiest, most powerful man in the kingdom but not even He can agree to this sadistic demand.

    The Son however; knows there is no other option but to sacrifice himself for her, otherwise, she remains DOF. Dead Over Freight with no other options besides Himself.

    We know the rest of the story. Jesus gave his heart for us because we are lost, toe-tagged and Dead Over Freight in Satan’s slave market of captivity, destined for his graveyard of hell. We are the objects of Satan’s sadistic cruelty; lost, blind, and tormented – but our Redeemer paid the price.
Luke 9:26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.
Luke 9:27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God.”
  • The Kingdom of heaven is Jesus’ reign on earth when He returns and sets up His kingdom in Jerusalem for one thousand years. It is God’s agenda is to fulfill his promises to the Jews as they act and operate as His priests to serve the gentile nations. It is a physical kingdom.
  • The Kingdom of God is God’s agenda for the Bride of Christ who returns to earth with Jesus to fight at Armageddon. The Jews who accept Jesus is the Son of God are part of the Bride of Christ. It is a spiritual kingdom.

Jesus Transfigured on the Mount

Luke 9:28 Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
Luke 9:29 As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.
Luke 9:30 And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah,
Luke 9:31 who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease (death; literally: departure) which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
  • Note: Another incident predicting Jesus’ death.
Luke 9:32 But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him.
Luke 9:33 Then it happened, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles (tents): one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said.
Luke 9:34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.
Luke 9:35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son (My Son, the Chosen One). Hear Him!”
  • They put Jesus on the same level with Elijah and Moses.
Luke 9:36 When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone. But they kept quiet, and told no one in those days any of the things they had seen.

A Boy Is Healed

Luke 9:37 Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met Him.
Luke 9:38 Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child.
Luke 9:39 And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth; and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him.
Luke 9:40 So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.”
Luke 9:41 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless (unbelieving) and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear (put up) with you? Bring your son here.”
Luke 9:42 And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father.

Jesus Again Predicts His Death

Luke 9:43 And they were all amazed at the majesty of God.
But while everyone marveled at all the things which Jesus did, He said to His disciples,
Luke 9:44 “Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.”
Luke 9:45 But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying.
  • How often does the Lord tell us something, begging us to let it go down deep into our ears, but we don’t “get it”.

Who Is the Greatest?

Luke 9:46 Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest.
  • This occurs right after Jesus predicted his death.
Luke 9:47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him,
Luke 9:48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.”

Jesus Forbids Sectarianism

Luke 9:49 Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.”
Luke 9:50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us (Or: you) is on our (Or: your) side.”

A Samaritan Village Rejects the Savior

Luke 9:51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,
Luke 9:52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him.
Luke 9:53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem.
  • Reference verse: Hebrews 12:2
    Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Luke 9:54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”
Luke 9:55 But He turned and rebuked them and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.
Luke 9:56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village.
  • Note: Jesus’ Hebrew name is Yeshua which means “salvation”. Jesus did not come to destroy men’s live but to fulfill His name.

The Cost of Discipleship

Luke 9:57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
Luke 9:58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Luke 9:59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
Luke 9:60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
  • “Let the dead bury their own dead” is a confusing statement. How can the dead bury their dead? It is simple if we understand that sinful men are the walking dead. They have no understanding of what real life is. They can’t see (they are spiritually blind), they can’t hear (their ears are dull), they don’t even know they are dead. They walk in darkness.

    But Jesus is opening a door to light. The light is invading the darkness and Jesus is offering this man an opportunity to walk through that door into the kingdom of light. But the man is refusing. Therefore; Jesus urges him further to leave the walking dead behind and let them bury his father.
Luke 9:61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
Luke 9:62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
  • Who else looked back?
    • Lot’s wife when they were leaving Sodom and Gomorrah. She was turned into a pillar of salt.
    • And she (Naomi) said (to Ruth), “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; (false gods) Ruth 1:15

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