October 9, 2017. Matthew 12:1-21, Mark 3, Luke 6.
These three passages of scripture recount the same period of time. Jesus is with his disciples and he begins to heal people on the Sabbath. Through these accounts, the power of the Lord can be seen.
A follower of Christ is called to be like Christ. To be like someone, you have to know who they are and what they are like. In these three passages, a lot can be learned about Jesus and His heavenly Father.
He is Lord of all-
5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Luke 6:5
He is good-
11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:11-12
He is personal-
13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach Mark 3:13-14
He is kind-
and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Luke 6:35
He is merciful-
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36
These are just a few of the characteristics that can be found in these passages. God is a relational god. He wants you to know Him. To do that you have to be in His word daily. As you study His word, you will begin to know God more and more and He will reveal Himself to you more and more.
Have you ever had a friend or someone that you were incredibly close to? You spent so much time together that you would find yourselves beginning to dress alike, talk alike, laugh at the same jokes, and maybe even start to look more alike?
So how do you become more like Christ? By spending time with Him.