This week we continue to work our way through the Gospel of Luke by picking back up from our examination of Luke 9:28-36 from last week.

Last week, we looked at what this passage tells us about who Jesus is, now we move to our second point that I want you to see in this passage.

II. What Did Jesus Do?

In addition to showing who Jesus is, Luke is also drawing our attention to what Jesus did. Not only "Who is Jesus?" but "What did Jesus do?" and he uses a funny word to summarize what Jesus did. It's the word, "departure." Did you notice it? Look with me in verse 31. Moses and Elijah are having a conversation with Him and what are they talking with Him about? "They spoke of His departure which He was about to accomplish in Jerusalem."

Now I want you to see three things about this.

First of all, there's a little play on words going on here. When Luke speaks of Jesus' departure he's talking about His death. Jesus was about to die in Jerusalem and this is a way of speaking about His death. We even use this kind of language. Sometimes when we speak of a loved one or someone known to us dying, we say, "He passed. She passed." Sometimes we'll even use this language of departure. We'll speak of someone who is "dear departed." They've left us. They're not with us anymore. They've departed. And so the focus here is on Jesus' death and the language is departure.

This shouldn't surprise us. The gospel writers are constantly drawing our attention to Jesus' death and that's because they're not just writing biographies of Jesus. If you were writing a biography of George Washington you wouldn't spend one-third of your words on the last week of his life. The reason why is because George Washington did not die for the sins of the world. Jesus did. And so, the gospel writers will spend anywhere from a third to a half of their space, of their words, on the last week of Jesus' life. Why? Because they want to draw attention to His death; to its significance.

If Moses and Elijah were transfixed by the subject of Jesus' death, we ought to be transfixed by the subject of Jesus' death. We ought to be locked in on it asking, "Lord, what are we to learn about this death?" And Luke wants you to know this - it's by His death that He accomplishes your liberation. It's by His death that He slips the chains of your bondage to sin and to misery. It's by His death that He pardons you of your sins and your iniquity and brings you out from under the just judgment of God. That's why Moses and Elijah are locked in, talking with Him about His death.

And there's another thing I want you to see about His death here because this departure is spoken of in the most interesting way. It's a death which He was about to "accomplish" at Jerusalem. We do not often speak about accomplishing something in our deaths. I mean, death is something that happens to us, right? We don't happen to death. We don't accomplish something by our death but He did, because "no one,"

He said, "no one takes My life from Me. I lay it down." He was no mere victim, friends. He chose to die. He accomplished something in His death.

It was by His death that He accomplished redemption. Isn't that interesting language? "They spoke of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem." Jesus' death was the stratagem of the love and the grace of God planned for us in eternity past whereby our sins would be pardoned and He chose to die for us and He accomplished something in His death - the salvation of men and women and boys and girls from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, all who trust in Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel. A multitude that no man can number - and He accomplished that in His death.

But there's still a play on words for you not to miss here because the word behind departure is the Greek phrase, ten exodon and you don't have to know Greek to recognize the word that I just said. Ten exodon - they were talking about the exodus that He was about to accomplish in Jerusalem.

Now think about this friends - Moses is on this mountain and he's talking with Jesus and they're talking about the exodus that Jesus is about to accomplish in Jerusalem.

In other words, though Moses led a great exodus of the children of Israel out of sin and bondage out of the house of slavery in Egypt, Jesus led a greater exodus in Jerusalem in His death. This is what Moses and Elijah are talking with Him about, the exodus that He is going to lead, the exodus that liberates us from sin and misery. And do you see what Luke is saying? He's saying this Jesus is big enough to overshadow all of life. He's big enough to matter more than everything. He's big enough for you to give up anything, anyone for, because of who He is and what He's done.

And here's the question you have to face today - Is your Jesus big enough? Is the Jesus you worship big enough to overshadow everything else in your life? Luke is saying the real Jesus is, the Jesus revealed in the Scripture - absolutely He is - He's worth living for, He's worth dying for, He's worth denying yourself anything for, but is your Jesus big enough? If He isn't, it's not this Jesus.

If your Jesus isn't big enough to live for and die for, isn't big enough to overshadow everything else in life, He's not the Jesus of the Scriptures. He's not the real Jesus. Luke says there's no question to the answer about the real Jesus. Yes, He's big enough, but who do you worship and who do you love? Perhaps you've made a Jesus from your own imagination and you've whittled Him down. You've whittled Him down to size.

And in the great crisis of life, in your losses and crosses, he's just not big enough. Well, if so my friends, he's not this Jesus because this Jesus is big enough. This is the Jesus that makes the hymn writer say, "Why should cross and trial grieve me? What ere my God ordains is right." Is that how you feel when cross and trial grieve you, when the ones that you treasure most are taken from you? Do you think, "Jesus, You're big enough, you're worth enough, you're enough to live for, even without him, even without her. You're enough to live for." Luke is saying if you'll worship the real Jesus, He's big enough for anything.