Hello again and thank you for everyone who read last week’s edition of Jesus’ Love.
As we continue, I pray and hope that you find something new.
Love is not easily angered – this one is easily one of my favorites and to illustrate this, I’ll cast your minds to the story of the 10 lepers in Luke 17 vs 11-19 to give you a background
“As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
Now if we go further, in the verses we see that only 1 leper returns to give thanks to Jesus and incidentally, it was a Samaritan, a clear outsider from the Jews so maybe a majority of the lepers were Jew.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Even Jesus had to ask, what happened to the remaining 9? But even if they didn’t come back to thank him, he didn’t take away their healing because I want to assume he totally could take it away, seeing as he could give it.
So many times we are quick to anger (justifiable or not) and out of this anger we do/say things that should not even line the inner parts of our lips, talk more of speaking it out to others.
Love keeps no record of wrong – I’m sure we all remember Zacchaeus the tax collector from Luke 19 vs 1-10.
I’m guessing people could say that Zacchaeus was “fantastically corrupt” cheating the Jews of their taxes and making cool cash for himself (remind you of anyone or ones?)
But he was hungry to see Jesus (most likely after hearing so much of him) and so he climbed upon a sycamore tree, Jesus sensing his hunger did this in verse 5
“5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him,“Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.”
And it didn’t stop there, look what Jesus presence caused this young man to do/ say in verse 8
“But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Jesus, ignoring the people who were murmuring about Zacchaeus being a sinner found much good in this man after all.
Too many people (myself included) tend to go all Rambo on people who have hurt us, resenting them and much more simply because we have been wronged.
But Jesus exhibits in this passage that regardless of how full of sin a person is, everyone is redeemable.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth – Matthew16 vs 21 says “ from that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and teachers of the law and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life”
Jesus in his divinity was telling his own future, giving his disciples heavenly revelations of events that would shake the earth forever. His words were Holy truths, full and weighty and then…this happens
“ 22Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. “Far be it from You, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to You!” 23But Jesus turned and said to Peter,“Get behind Me Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me. For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
Very simply, Jesus rebuked peter’s words. Because they were a stumbling block to him, didn’t mean he loved him any less. He then explains why peter was thinking that way. Because his mind was on things of men.
How many times have we as human allowed/ watched while others have spoken lies for us, with or without our permission?
Jesus Love means always being ready to bring the truth to light regardless of what it might cost you.