Luke and The Lost
Picture with me a beautiful lake, green grass, flowers and trees in bloom. Do you have it mind? Have you been there? It is so serene it caresses our souls, eases our troubled minds and gives us peace just to be there. We pull a blanket and picnic basket from our vehicle and spread out good eats for all to enjoy in this wonderful setting. Just as we are about to take the first bite, a swarm of flies and/or honey bees come to join us. They fly around our faces. They dive bomb into the potato salad. We eat while flaying our arms and hands to keep the pesky, determined insects at bay. Our peace has been disturbed.
We cover all the food and put it all away. Then the insects seem to call out to the mosquitoes who come in like bomber war planes to go for our flesh. “Fresh meat” they call out to one another. “I get the first bite of human blood!” In they come until you pack up and walk away, looking at nature from a distance back in the van.
Yes, I’ve been to many picnics, camping trips and outdoor venues of fun. The buzzing and biting is annoying but I still love to be outdoors. You can’t keep me away.
Like flies at a picnic, the Pharisees come to bite at Jesus between His wonderful stories that teach, give peace, and tell us the details of who God really is and what He has done and will continue to do in our lives. The people hang on every word as Jesus swats away at the pesky Pharisees and other religious leaders of the day who get in His face with sarcasm and questions to taunt and trip Him up. But Jesus is not fooled for He knows their hearts and minds. He answers with wisdom, insight and understanding.
We also have pesky flies in the ointment of our ministry at times. Do we answer with emotion, going on defense, trying to fight back on our own or do we stop and think and respond with wisdom, insight and understanding? We can learn a rich lesson from our Lord by watching how He handles the buzzing Pharisees.
Luke 20, The Message
1-2 One day he was teaching the people in the Temple, proclaiming the Message. The high priests, religion scholars, and leaders confronted him and demanded, “Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to speak and act like this?”
3-4 Jesus answered, “First, let me ask you a question: About the baptism of John—who authorized it, heaven or humans?”
5-7 They were on the spot, and knew it. They pulled back into a huddle and whispered, “If we say ‘heaven,’ he’ll ask us why we didn’t believe him; if we say ‘humans,’ the people will tear us limb from limb, convinced as they are that John was God’s prophet.” They agreed to concede that round to Jesus and said they didn’t know.
8 Jesus said, “Then neither will I answer your question.”
What do we learn?
–Jesus comes with love, peace, insight and way out of our own sin with a bridge over the gap between God and man.
–Jesus is dive bombed by naysayers. He doesn’t bite back, but presents Truth in every situation. It is hard to argue with Truth. Jesus is Truth in the person.
–Maybe we should always stop, think and pray before we respond to the “biters and buzzers” in our own lives. Respond with Truth always and ask God for words of wisdom.
–Jesus has the right answer for everyone. Count on it. Go to Him for all our answers!
–Sometimes we just need to walk away without answering and get back to telling others about God, how to find Jesus and follow Him. His Holy Spirit will tell us when and what to say or not say. Thank you, Holy Spirit!
Thank you for allowing us to see Your Word from another perspective this morning. You came down from heaven to live among us. You taught us how to live our lives well and pleasing to You. Then you laid down Your life for us. You are amazing and greatly to be praised! Help us stop and think before responding to biters and buzzers. Help us to speak in love with wisdom from You. Help us to be silent when it is necessary, too.
In Jesus Name, Amen