In this chapter, we see Christ walking through the corn field on a Sabbath day, as his disciples ate the ears of the corn from the field, the Pharisees who watched them reminded Jesus that it was unlawful to work on Sabbath.
Jesus then asked if David was right with the law in his time when he ate the showbread meant for the priest because he was hungry. Jesus told the Pharisees that he was Lord even over the Sabbath.
Jesus then went to the synagogue on another Sabbath day to teach. While he taught, he encountered a man whose hands was withered, he chose to heal the man, despite the Pharisees watched him with criticism, he asked them if it was lawful to do good on Sabbath or to do evil. They did not respond, rather they were filled with fury against Jesus. Jesus later withdrew to a mountain to pray all night to God.
Sequel to his prayer, we see Jesus in the later verses electing his 12 disciples,he called them apostles. He then met with multitudes who had various ailments, as stated in this chapter, the power of God was available to heal, and Jesus healed them all.
God is ready to defy all odds to reach out to the lost. We should also emulate Christ by defying all odds, arguments and excuses to reach out to the unsaved. We have been called and selected to be apostles of the good news, just as the commissioned 12 disciples. We should also note that if we are in Christ, the healing power of God is always present to heal, deliver and save.
Because I have Christ inside of me, I carry the power of the living God in me, and so I can do all things.
Reading – Luke 6:1-19
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
6 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. 2 Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
3 Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. 7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 8 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.
9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”
10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored. 11 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.
The Twelve Apostles
12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Blessings and Woes
17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.