Today we are reading Luke 12:35-39, Luke 13:1-21, and John 9. Though I always recommend the book of John to someone who feels “new” to the Bible and to Jesus, I love the detail that Luke the physician gives to us. The Word is so rich! What’s your highlight today? Come on back and let’s chat!
“Keep your shirts on; keep the lights on! Be like house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks. Lucky the servants whom the master finds on watch! He’ll put on an apron, sit them at the table, and serve them a meal, sharing his wedding feast with them. It doesn’t matter what time of the night he arrives; they’re awake—and so blessed! You know that if the house owner had known what night the burglar was coming, he wouldn’t have stayed out late and left the place unlocked. So don’t you be slovenly and careless. Just when you don’t expect him, the Son of Man will show up.” Luke 12:35-39 MSG
That couldn’t be more clear, could it? We should be ready at all times. Live as if there are no secrets. Live as if someone is watching at all times. Let the person you are in private match the person you are in public.
In Luke 13:10-13, I notice that Jesus wasn’t ashamed of the woman and her infirmity. He wasn’t ashamed to call her in front of the synagogue, not ashamed of her or her weaknesses, not ashamed to tend to her needs on the Sabbath or any other day. (Jesus isn’t ashamed of your infirmities or weaknesses either – allow Him to take care of you!). When the ruler of the synagogue was upset because Jesus was “working” on the Sabbath, I love Jesus’ response:
“The Lord then answered him and said, ‘Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?’ And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.” Luke 13:15-17
The law is not to be made more important than seeing people’s needs be met. Love is the more excellent way!