Jesus was now under major scrutiny by the religious leaders. They had but one goal, get rid of Jesus. Jesus was invited to a prominent Pharisee’s house for dinner and there, waiting, is a man to be healed. Of course, it was on the sabbath. I am sure Jesus was thinking, “Really, healing on the Sabbath again???” So, Jesus simply asked the leaders the question, is it OK to heal on the sabbath? They of course did not answer–if they answered No then Jesus had them because as He pointed, they would save their kids and livestock on the sabbath. Doing good was allowed! If they would have answered yes, then Jesus would have taken away their best trap. It was becoming comical.
Next Jesus talked about living a life of Humility. He showed that those who try to constantly exalt themselves, will be embarrassed. Conversely, if one simply lives and acts humbly; God and others will exalt them. What a gift and what a more lasting honor. Jesus tried so ardently to help people to shift their thoughts from self-centered survival to an attitude of faith; trusting God to lead and provide. Sadly, the leaders were not grasping the concept. That was the most frustrating aspect for Jesus. These were supposed to be God’s best and brightest; but they missed the most important aspect of a life of devotion to God–selfless faith.
In our lives, Jesus still wants us to grasp the principle, Seek God and follow Him. Then He will meet your needs and lift you up to a life of peace and joy. The Lord will also prepare for you an eternal life with Him as His chosen. We need not spend our days trying to earn prominence or self-promoting our spirituality. That will get us nowhere. Instead, we simply and humbly follow the Father, then, we can allow the Lord to lift us up. It is a great way to live and brings peace during chaos.
God Bless You
One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.
5 Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child[a] or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”