Although the crowds of people following Jesus kept increasing, Jesus kept his focus on his students, repeating key lessons he had previously taught them (127):
Be on guard against the hypocrisy of religious people. Ultimately, their evil deeds do not escape God’s notice; they will be judged by God.
Don’t be concerned about those who can only destroy your body. Instead, give your highest honor to God, who has power to condemn both your body & your soul to hell.
Sparrows may seem insignificant, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without God’s consent.
In the same way, God is aware of everything that you’re going through; he’s even aware of every hair on your head! You are worth much more to God than many sparrows.
If you declare publicly that you belong to me, I will do the same for you before God in heaven. But if you reject me publicly, I will do the same for you before God in heaven.
People can be forgiven all the evil things they say or do in opposition to me as a man. But whoever says or does evil things in opposition to the Holy Spirit of God cannot be forgiven. Going on with God means obeying the Holy Spirit.
When you are brought to trial in synagogues or before governors & rulers, don’t worry about what to say or how to say it. When the time comes, trust the Holy Spirit of God to give you the right words to say.
(127) Luke 12:1-12