What Jesus Did! 'Greater' — Luke 6:5

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Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, "The Son of Man is Lord (Master) over the Sabbath day."
— Luke 6:5 NLT
Illustration of Luke 6:5 NLT — Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, "The Son of Man is Lord (Master) over the Sabbath day."

Key Thought

There were three great attributes of the Jewish faith in Jesus' day: the Temple in Jerusalem, circumcision of all Jewish males, and keeping the Sabbath. There is no way to emphasize how radical Jesus' statement would have sounded in the ears of those who heard it and hated him. He was declaring himself more important than the Sabbath. If they had missed any of Jesus' other statements, they surely couldn't miss this one. He is confronting them with a choice—believe me and follow me totally, or reject me and go back to your old dying religion. That message is equally as powerful for us today. So much of what passes as Christianity is just modern culture with a religious good luck charm attached. Christianity, by its very definition, is counter-culture living that reflects the character of Jesus. Jesus calls us beyond mere church going and church stuff to a lifestyle that shows he is our Lord.

Today's Prayer

Righteous Father, make me passionately Christian, your child whose life reflects the character, compassion, and mission of your Son. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 11:29-32
  • Hebrews 8:7-13
  • John 14:6


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.