The Son of Man is Lord of All

“I will show you what someone is like who comes to Me, hears My words, and acts on them:  He is like a man building a house…” (Luke 6:47-48).

What kind of house do would you like to build? That is the point that Jesus makes at the end of Luke 6.

The Savior began to attract a following, as we see in Luke 5, and He started telling them the Truth. The people had been fed a lot of rules. These requirements, however, left them hungry and lame.

The gospel of Luke addresses these issues with a pair of stories.

It was Sabbath, a day when even the minutest detail of life was regulated by the religious program. But when you’re hungry, you’re hungry — you got to eat.

A field of grain was too tempting to ignore. Jesus’ disciples began to pluck off bits of wheat, rub them with their hands, and snack on them.

The religious food police soon announced their presence.

“Not lawful!” shouted the Pharisees. “Nothing like this is to be done on the Sabbath.” They aimed their chastisements at Jesus the Leader, of course.

Jesus had a ready answer from the Scriptures. He made reference to King David from 1 Samuel 21. Once, during the days when he was being hunted by his enemy, King Saul, David and his cohort wound up at Nob, a priestly town led by Ahimelech.

Starved from their hasty escape, David and his men begged for some food, any food. All Nob could offer was the holy bread of presence that was set before the Lord each day, according the Law of Moses. Technically, only the priests and their families were permitted to partake of such consecrated food.

The priest fed these men anyway, after making sure that they hadn’t been with women recently.  Some standards apparently had to be kept.

David and his men ate up. The priest also outfitted David with the sword he claimed with his takedown of Goliath, the defeated giant of the Philistines.

These acts of mercy toward Israel’s top warrior would prove costly to the priest, his family, and their town. All in that place would be executed once Saul declared that helping David was an act of treason.

Jesus concluded His commentary with this provocation:  “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Another way this statement of the Son could be read is this:  “I am here now and I make the rules.”

Another Sabbath would come, and Jesus would again demonstrate His authority. On this day, He taught among the religious ones on their turf — right in the midst of the synagogue.

By this time, the word was out about who Jesus claimed to be. He was being watched. Data was being collected on HIs activity; every so-called Sabbath violation was noted and the case against the Son of Man was being built. Soon, there would be enough evidence to bring charges against Him.

From out of the audience that day, Jesus called a man with a withered hand. The Word of God compelled this man to stand and stretch out his hand. “He did and his hand was restored” (Luke 6:10).

And all rejoiced and lived happily ever after. That’s the way the scene should have ended, right?

That’s not how the story went. Rather, the leaders “were filled with rage and started to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus” (Luke 6:11).

Leaders and Rules for Life

The Son stirred things up; He did so by helping the hungry and infirm. He was fast becoming a public enemy.

These things set up what Jesus did and said through the rest of this chapter.

Jesus got away by Himself. To the mountain, He went to pray, and was there all night. Upon His return, He chose 12 men to teach and equip as His Apostles (see Luke 6:12-16).

The Jesus movement was taking shape. There was a need for leadership and for guidelines.

The Savior established them. He named the leaders and then He delivered a manifesto for their activity. He did this with a bold and definitive sermon. This discourse has come to be called the Sermon of the Mount.

In the gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7, there are more words and details listed and explained. Luke’s record is a concentrated and condensed version of those words, highlighting the pattern of accountability that Jesus expected HIs followers to abide by.

The attitudes that the Savior communicated required an uncommon mindset. These “be” statements conferred blessing to be the possession of those who are poor, hungry, mournful, and hated.

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Being one of the Jesus people would not mean popularity and acceptance. Persecution and enemies follow those who follow the Son (see 2 Timothy 3:12).

How did Jesus prepare His disciples for these things? He told them to be ready to love and quick to bless.

Grace and kindness were to rule their lives. Mercy, not cursing, was to characterize their mode of operation. This was the way to gain great reward as children of the Most High (see Luke 6:35).

Lives of forgiveness were to characterize the witness that He came to establish on earth. The world suffered and still stuffers under too much judgment and condemnation. Power plays made by oppressors — religious, social, and governmental — had left destruction and devastation.

Jesus had come to direct men toward the problems found in their own hearts. Blindness to the true way of God was at work, and it was strong, too strong to be conquered by displays of strength and might. Weakness and humility would serve to wreck the cosmic patterns of the systems in the world.

Only by the Spirit and the Light would real triumph come. Victories first had to happen in willing, open hearts and minds.

Planting and Building

Holy living begins not with how we see others, but with how we see ourselves, Jesus said. “Why do you look at the splinter in another’s eye, when there’s a beam, a two-by-four, in your own eye?” (Luke 6:41).

Look inside. Take note of your need for Him. Deal with your own deceptions and faults. Recognize your poverty of spirit. Sorrow over the wrongs you do and see.

By His Spirit, be stirred in hunger for the life that He has to give. Store up Truth in your heart.

A planting and a building had begun with the coming of the Son. The words of the Savior were taking root. From the roots, trees would sprout – good trees, holy, and full of life and fruit (Luke 6:43-44).

The evidence would be the many mouths speaking from the abundance of life found in Him. This is the promised overflow poured out as living water from Heaven.

Firm foundations were laid down. God prepared for the making of a Temple not made by hands, for the Temple that is the Body of Christ.

This holy habitation would be made of living stones (see 1 Peter 2). It would be fit together to withstand the storms and attacks of the evil one. It would grow into the Church against which the gates of Hell cannot prevail.

Take heed and hear Him. Let us listen for what the Spirit says in these days.

What will be the result for the one who does this? Just this:  He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built” (Luke 6:48).

Again, consider:  What kind of house would you like to build?

Steve Andrulonis
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