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Jesus – Mighty Healer and Spiritual Teacher
July 14, 2021 – July 16, 2021 CDT
Luke 6:17-23 NLT
17 When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon.
18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed.
19 Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.
20 Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours.
21 God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh.
22 What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man.
23 When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.
Read/Meditate the Scripture: Luke 6:17-23 NLT
- Imagine yourself in the crowd standing on the large, level area. You’ve come to see Jesus for healing and to hear Him give practical solutions to your personal troubles. Instead, He talks about God’s blessings, the Kingdom of God and about following the Son of Man. What thoughts go through your mind? How do you react to His sermon?
- Jesus describes four characteristics of the people God blesses. What are they and how do these differ from the list in your mind?
- Ask God to make you “poor and hungry” for Jesus so you may rely on Him, trusting Him for direction and guidance in life.
- Pray that you weep with sorrow for your own sins and that you’d take steps to rid yourself of those sins. Ask for God’s forgiveness and grace to be a faithful follower of Jesus again. God will bless you and you will laugh again.
- Pray for brothers and sisters in ACC, to see that no one in our community is beyond God’s blessing. May we not determine whether a person is being blessed or not based on his/her appearance or circumstances. Our concern and act of love is to bring them to become followers of Jesus, the Son of Man.