27th April 2018

Rejoicing at What Jesus Says and Does 

“As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.”
Luke 13:17 (ESVUK)

Jesus would challenge the status quo. Often. And this is one of the many examples of his doing so that Luke records.

It was a Saturday, and Jesus was teaching in a local synagogue. Attending that day was a woman who had been bent over for 18 years and could not straighten herself. Jesus healed her in front of the whole assembly, and the woman gave the glory to God. One onlooker was unimpressed. It was the ruler of the synagogue, who complained that Jesus had gone against the letter and the spirit of Sabbath observance by healing the woman on the Sabbath. You get the impression that it was not just this cleric that objected because, in the Scripture above, it refers to “adversaries”. For him it was not just a doctrinal matter, but perhaps also a control issue—did he see Jesus as a threat?

Jesus told them that they were not only being unreasonable but that they were being hypocritical. “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it?” (verse 15), he said to them, in front of the entire congregation. The result was that the status quo were put to shame but those worshipping at the synagogue rejoiced at the glorious things Jesus was doing.

Sometimes the words and/or the actions of Jesus might unsettle our personal world, and make us feel uncomfortable. We may re-act in unreasonable ways, trying to justify ourselves. When this happens, it’s time to pray that God will help us rejoice at the glorious things Jesus says and does.

Great Father, I need you to help me to react with grace when I want to respond in anger to what Jesus does and says. I pray that, through the Holy Spirit, I might at such times be able to glorify you and give you praise. In Jesus
’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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