walking with Jesus: Luke 6 the right use of Jesus’ power

Jesus heals manyJesus has the authority and power to forgive, save or to judge and condemn. He has chosen to forgive and save. Jesus is concerned with the right use of His power by those who believe. We read from Luke 6 to see what this means.

Jesus states and demonstrates clearly with power that He is the Lord of all, even the most sacred day the religious Jews honor with their lips and ritualistic practices. Jesus teaches about what the right and wrong purposes for the use of power are:

The right use of power: power is meant to heal the sick and save a life; power is for making prayers (make the right choice and decision; pray for the enemies; condemn not)

The wrong use of power: accuses, misleads, judges critically and condemns others, thereby condemning selves.

Luke 6 (in parts)

Jesus is Lord and He heals and saves

And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”

Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?”[b] 10 And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man,[c] “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, 18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.

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Jesus does the right thing at the right time; Jesus is concerned with the first things first: save lives. Make whole. Bear the fruits that the Father in heaven wants.

12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:

27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

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Jesus puts two scenario before man and let each individual choose. Every choice has a consequence.

Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?”

37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned.

39 And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?

43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.

45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart[g] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?

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