Wow — there is so much great stuff in Luke 4-7! Lots of challenging truths and examples. It’s wonderful to just take a plunge into Jesus’ life, teaching, and ministry. Here are some of the ways this passage is encouraging me. Be sure to leave your comments and questions.
- Jesus was constantly led by the Holy Spirit (4:1, 14).
- The word of God was soaked into Jesus life in a way that helped him overcome temptation (4:4, 8, 12).
- Jesus’ ministry was holistic — he cared about the whole person’s life (4:18-19). This was reflected in his teaching, healing, and demon-outcasting.
- Jesus taught and did ministry with unique authority (4:32; 7:7-8)
- Jesus can and does forgive sin (5:23-24).
- Wildly sinful people LOVED to be around Jesus (5:29).
- Jesus bathed his big decisions in extensive prayer (6:12).
- Jesus’ values were counter-cultural and upside down from the world (6:20-36).
- Jesus expects us to obey him. To call him Lord and not obeying him would be ridiculous (6:46).
- Jesus was so much fun to be around that he was accused of being a glutton and a drunk (7:34).
- The natural response to radical grace is radical worship (7:47).
How would I be different if this truth were explosively alive in my innermost being?
- The main thing that struck me here was the radical holiness of Jesus mixed with his incredible liveliness and fun. If this truth were explosively alive in my life, I would be deeply committed to personal holiness and godliness while also being lots of fun. It’s usually not hard to try to have fun, but it is harder to be radically holy. Then, when I am focused on holiness, it’s easy to get kind of stodgy, uptight, and overly serious. May God make me both holy and fun, so that extreme sinners would love being around me but would always sense an authentic commitment to costly obedience.