What Jesus Did! 'Condemned for Righteousness' — Luke 6:11

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

[When Jesus healed the man with the deformed hand on the Sabbath], the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.
— Luke 6:11 NLT

Key Thought

Doing right doesn't mean we will always be treated right. Most of us know this truth from our own experience. We certainly see this principle proved true repeatedly in the life of Jesus and then in his death. Some people become angry and hostile when others do what is righteous and good. John the Baptist paid with his life because of a powerful person's negative reaction to his teaching about a godly life. [1] And Jesus paid with his life because of his living out God's mission. Some of us may have to do the same. Does that mean God has abandoned us or not heard our prayers? Absolutely not! Remember the passage that says that God works all things together for our good? [2] Did you ever notice the consequence? We're to become like Christ! If our hero was crucified for doing the right things, don't you think some of us will be mistreated as well? But in the end, in our everlasting life, we'll experience the joy of a proud and loving Father who will say "Well done! You lived just like my Son!"

[1] Matthew 14:3-10.
[2] Romans 8:28-30.

Today's Prayer

Father, give courage to all of your servants worldwide who are facing hardship, difficulty, and possibly even death for their faith. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Timothy 3:10-14
  • Romans 8:17-18
  • Mark 6:17-27


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Illustration of Luke 6:11 NLT — [When Jesus healed the man with the deformed hand on the Sabbath], the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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