Today’s post is all about Luke Chapter 6 – Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. He performed miracles and let disciples glean from the fields on the Sabbath and the leaders didn’t like it! But, what stood out to me was He knew what the Pharisees were thinking and asked probing questions like: “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” 9
Then without skipping a beat, He asks a man with a shriveled right hand to stretch it out (10). Were the Pharisees not seeing what everyone else was? Why would they be fixated on what they were going to do with Jesus instead of seeing what He can do?
“But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.” 11
They were missing the miracles and gift in front of them. They were so stuck in tradition and the ‘rules’ that they were missing the mission.
Legalism = spiritual blinders!
Another example Jesus left for us: “Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” 12
How many of us have had the discipline or stamina to spend a WHOLE night in prayer?
Jesus also had countercultural teachings when He walked the earth and they still are today. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” 27-31
Taking the previous verses, what I see is there is much more to the ‘Golden Rule.’
And then Jesus repeats almost word for word what He just said which says to me (and should to you): pay attention.
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” 35-36
- don’t judge
- take plank out of your own eye
- the wise man builds his house on the rock
- forgive and you will be forgiven
Bring out the good things and let what you say…
Fill your mind and soul with the richness found in God’s Word so what flows out of your mouth from your heart is good and kind and uplifting.
Let Jesus be the Lord of the Sabbath to you in your life and not just on Sunday! Everyday people need to see you talk the talk and walk the walk.