“I love people!” we might exclaim, but do we really? In this passage Luke records for us the words of Jesus as He describes how true love really acts. True love does not seek any self gratification and so it never seeks revenge for wrongs done. Jesus will challenge your thinking and test you love by this message.
While the Pharisees were trying to “catch” Jesus, He showed them His authority over the Sabbath. Jesus never broke the law, but fulfilled it completely! He is the object to which all Mosaic laws point!
Levi was a tax collector, but he knew following Jesus would be better than that life! Will you follow Jesus too?
Then Jesus illustrates how His ministry is different than other prophets. Jesus would bring the actual change desires by so many!
Jesus heals a man who had a problem and in so doing, brings to the forefront the sinful thoughts of the Pharisees. They try to find fault with Jesus and are “filled with madness” when they can’t. When you meet Jesus, you either get “mad” or “glad”!
Who has power to forgive sins? Jesus would demonstrate this power as he healed a paralyzed man who was brought to him. What great friends this man must have had! What would you do to bring someone to Jesus?
A man with no hope comes to Jesus and finds healing and help. What a picture of all mankind in our hopeless condition of sinfulness! Jesus offers forgiveness and cleansing; and only He can do it!
Jesus demonstrates His power to provide as He calls Peter, James and John to follow Him. Seeing His power, they worship Jesus and follow Him forsaking all else!
Luke records the incredible authority of Jesus in this passage. When a Demon possessed man interrupts Jesus in the Synagogue, Jesus commands the Demon to leave. When Jesus meets Peter’s Mother-in-law who is sick, He commands the sickness to leave!
Jesus returns to Nazareth to teach in his home town synagogue. When Jesus reveals His identity as the Messiah through the written Word of God, those who know Him best do not receive it well. Consequently, Jesus limits His miraculous work in Nazareth.
Jesus began His public ministry with forty days of fasting and temptation. The key to His success both over temptation and in His miraculous ministry to follow was that He was filled with the Spirit!