As Jesus’ reputation grew and he healed those that came to him—He quickly lost favor with the Jewish leaders. He simply told the truth– he was modeling his Father. He had the same compassion, the same desire for the people’s salvation and the same realization of what was important. He was not defying authority, he was simply “in authority.” Each act and word was sanctioned by God! Sadly, the ones that were always looking for a Messiah—were the Messiah’s chief persecutors. Jesus was not surprised, but he was also not intimidated. He chose to demonstrate God’s love and character no matter the time, place or opposition.
In our lives, we are faced with the same choice each day. Will we resemble God or the culture of this fallen world. Amazingly, it is a hard call. All pressure to conform to the pattern of this world is brought to bear on us. Education, employers, entertainment and the media is scheduled and molded to stand as a barrier between us and the Lord. But there are great promises in his word—
- Nothing will separate us from the Love of God–Romans 8
- There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus—Romans 8
- If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation—2 Corinthians 5
- And Lo I am with you always—even till the end of the age—Matthew 28
- To as many as believe on him, he gives the right to be children of God—John 1
We have nothing or no one to fear! We simply must, as Jesus did, know there will be opposition and face it with the confidence of a King’s adopted heir! Do not be afraid, the old hymn says it best–Our hope is built on nothing less than JESUS love and righteousness!
God Bless You
So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.