More than The Lord of the Rings

In Luke 6:5, Jesus is called “The Lord of the Sabbath.”  He allowed His disciples to eat consecrated bread on the Sabbath, and he healed a man’s hand on the Sabbath; in a magnificent fashion by simply saying, “Stretch out your hand.”  When the man did so, his hand was completely restored.  Oh, I wish I could have been there to see that shriveled hand-made whole right before my eyes.  Whenever Jesus performed healing, He didn’t just make things better, like a doctor who might temporarily relieve one’s cold symptoms.  He made things perfect.  The best analogy would be a cavity in a tooth.  If Jesus were to heal it, it wouldn’t have a filling, like a dentist might do.  Instead, Christ would actually restore the tooth with enamel like it originally had.

Hmmm, Luke 6:12 says, “Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.”  Have you ever wondered how Christ, in his humanity, could do such powerful things?  Or why he told us we could also do such things?  Well how many times have we spent the whole night praying about such things?  Could we actually perform the deeds that Christ did in verse 18, where “Those troubled by evil spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch Him, because power was coming from him and healing them all?”

He said that we’re blessed if we’re poor, hungry, sorrowful, excluded, or insulted.  If you’re poor, be glad that you are, because you’re blessed.  The Bible doesn’t say that the rich and powerful are blessed.  He even warns those who are rich, well fed, happy, and admired by others, because they have already received their (earthly) reward. No, it’s the poor, the lowly, and the humble who are blessed.  In verse 23, Jesus even says, “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.”  It’s as though the less we have here, the more we’ll have in Heaven.  We can have our rewards here (Matthew 5), or in Heaven.  Which do you think would be more gratifying?  He tells us to love our enemies, because it’s not easy.  Anyone can love a friend who loves you back, but it’s not so easy to love your enemies.  He tells us not to judge or condemn others, but to forgive them.  In verse 38, He tells us to “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  Now that’s something to be joyful about.

He tells us that just as a tree can be recognized by its fruit, what we truly feel in our hearts will be manifested by the things that we do and say.  Verse 48 says the man who obeys Christ “is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.  When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”

Our Lord is more than the fictitious Lord of the Rings.  Jesus Christ is the Lord of everything, from the Lord of the Sabbath, to the Lord of our rewards in Heaven.

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