Read Luke 6
Jesus had the audacity to offend the Pharisees by breaking the Sabbath rules that they had added to the Third Commandment. As if picking grain for hungry bodies to eat was “strenuous work.”
And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it? Luke 6:9 (ESV)
The Pharisees were more offended when Jesus healed on the Sabbath. The fact that Jesus healed a man should have been a point of celebration rather than a time for legalistic angst.
Jesus names the 12 Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. Luke 6:14-16 (ESV)
Jesus teaches and heals the multitudes. In the Beatitudes Jesus tells us of the kingdom of God- how His people who are hungry will be satisfied, the poor in spirit will be made rich, and that those who are persecuted for His sake will be rewarded in Heaven.
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:32-36 (ESV)
Jesus further offends the Pharisees by pointing out their hypocrisy.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first take
the log out of your own
eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s
Luke 6:41-42 (ESV)
Jesus was more concerned with genuine faith- faith that leads to good fruit in the life and witness of a believer.
“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:43-45 (ESV)
Jesus is the Rock, the solid foundation on which everything stands. Only in Him can our lives bear good fruit. Only in Him do we have life.