Truth or Consequences
Series: Seek & Save
May 19, 2019
This week, Frank continues our series traveling through the book of Luke. This week, we open up the narrative in Luke 6 with a story of Jesus' controversial healing (at least in His time) of a man with a withered hand. In this story, Jesus not only sets an example but emphasizes the truth that compassion and grace are always the hallmarks of Godliness. We must always choose to be kind, even in the face of critics and those that would accuse our motives or heart in doing so.
John 1:14, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Luke 6:6-11, On another Sabbath, He entered the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and the Pharisees watched Him, to see whether He would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse Him. But He knew their thoughts, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” And he rose and stood there. 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?” And after looking around at them all He said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
Jesus showed us that the grace of God does not diminish the truth of God.
1. Speak the truth as an act of love and grace.
Leviticus 19:17 (NIV), Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.
2. Speak the truth even when inconvenient.
James 4:17, So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
3. Speak the truth no matter the consequences.
John 5:18, This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.
Strive to be like Jesus… All grace. All truth. All the time.
Content Copyright Belongs to New Horizons Christian Church