What Jesus Did! 'Rejected God's Plan' — Luke 7:29-30

Friday, May 1, 2015

(When the people heard this, they all agreed that God's teaching was good. Even the tax collectors agreed. These were the people that were baptized by John. But the Pharisees and teachers of the law refused to accept God's plan for themselves; they did not let John baptize them.)
— Luke 7:29-30 NLT
Illustration of Luke 7:29-30 NLT —  But the Pharisees and teachers of the law refused to accept God's plan for themselves; they did not let John baptize them.

Key Thought

"Some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last." (Luke 13:30 RSV) Luke helps us see the great reversals that God's justice brings. Those who had all the advantages of being religious insiders often rejected Jesus because he called them to repent. Those who were outsiders, who knew they were sinners and were looking for a way out of their sinful bondage, repented and let Jesus completely reorient their lives. Even today, many of us who have had all the advantages of being raised around faith can find it hard not to tone down Jesus' call to change our lives and follow him as Lord. Let's use their failure to be our warning! We are all saved by grace and are called to follow Jesus with our all!

Today's Prayer

Abba Father, please help me never let my familiarity with faith blind me to true and whole-hearted belief in Jesus. I don't want anything to dilute my devotion to your Son as my Lord or to turn my heart away from his sacrifice; so please give me the discernment I need when Satan tries to use my weaknesses to blind me to your truth. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 5:39-44
  • Colossians 1:19-21
  • John 12:42-43

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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.

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.