What Jesus Did! 'Not Swayed by the Critics' — Luke 6:10

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jesus looked around at all of them. Jesus said to the man, "Let me see your hand." The man put his hand out. His hand was healed.
— Luke 6:10
Illustration of Luke 6:10 — Jesus looked around at all of them. Jesus said to the man, "Let me see your hand." The man put his hand out. His hand was healed.

Key Thought

Jesus refused to let his critics determine his course of action. His ministry would be determined by the will of God and the mission God had given him to do. Part of that mission was to bless those who needed God's blessing and to liberate those who needed God's freedom. Nothing and no one would stop him from this opportunity to do good, even if it cost him dearly. How passionate are we to bless those around us? How about those who are not popular? How about those that are not noticed? How about those who might cause us to fall out of favor with the "in group" or the "in crowd"? Let's be like Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Father, give me more courage so that I can stand up for folks who are forgotten or rejected and so that I can minister to those whom others neglect. Help me not be so self-conscious of how others view my involvement with people who may not be popular or powerful. Make me more like Jesus in the way I interact with others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

One time on a Sabbath day, Jesus was walking through some grain fields. His followers picked the grain, rubbed it in their hands, and ate it. Some Pharisees said, "Why are you doing that? It is against the law {of Moses} to do that on the Sabbath day." Jesus answered, "You have read about what David did when he and the people with him were hungry. David went into God's house. David took the bread that was offered to God and ate it. And David gave some of the bread to the people with him. This was against the law {of Moses}. The law says that only the priests can eat that bread." Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, "The Son of Man is Lord (Master) over the Sabbath day." On another Sabbath day Jesus went into the synagogue. Jesus taught the people. A man with a crippled right hand was there. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees were watching Jesus closely. They were waiting to see if he would heal on the Sabbath day. They wanted to see Jesus do something wrong so that they could accuse him. But Jesus knew what they were thinking. He said to the man with the crippled hand, "Get up and stand before these people." The man got up and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, which thing is right to do on the Sabbath day: to do good, or to do evil? Is it right to save a life or to destroy one?" Jesus looked around at all of them. Jesus said to the man, "Let me see your hand." The man put his hand out. His hand was healed. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law became very, very angry. They talked to each other about what they could do to Jesus.

Luke 6:1-11

Related Scripture Readings

"The Spirit of the Lord (God) has come to me. God chose me to tell good news to people that are poor. God sent me to tell people who are prisoners that they are free, and to tell the blind people that they can see again. God sent me to free the weak people from their suffering and to announce that the time has come for the Lord to show his kindness." Jesus closed the book. He gave the book back to the helper and sat down. Every person in the synagogue watched Jesus closely. Jesus began to speak to them. He said, "While you heard me reading these words just now, the words were coming true!"

Luke 4:18-21

The kind of religion (worship) that God accepts is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world's {evil} influence. This is the kind of religion (worship) that God accepts as pure and good.

James 1:27

Christ died for us while we were still weak people. We were living against God, but at the right time, Christ died for us. Very few people will die to save the life of another person, even if that other person is a good person. If the person is a very good person, then someone might be willing to die for that person. But Christ died for us while we were still sinners. In that way God showed us that he loves us very much.

Romans 5:6-8

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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