It wasn’t long before dark clouds began to gather around Jesus’ ministry. Even as He proclaimed the kingdom of God and healed the sick, opposition arose from the religious leaders. A storm was descending that would lead to the cross. But Jesus did not flinch. He completed His God-given mission with sobriety, fidelity, and expectancy, paving the way for everyone who would follow Him by faith. No matter how great our storm, Jesus is greater and will deliver us in the end.
Proverbs has much to say about the problem of laziness and the importance of hard work. Solomon addresses indolence and industriousness directly, and his wise counsel serves as a springboard to think biblically about work and rest.
The Lord Jesus was no stranger to infectious disease. It was common in His day and greatly feared, causing shame, isolation, and even death. But Jesus demonstrated His power to cleanse the most dreaded disease, proving His power to cleanse the far greater affliction of our sin. No corruption of body or soul can stand against the Lord of life who died and rose again. All who trust in Him are forever safe and will one day be forever healed.
Jesus wasn’t just a ‘fisher of men,’ calling people from death to life through His atoning work on the cross. He was a ‘fisher of fishers of men.’ From the beginning, His intent was to build His church through ‘caught’ people who would then actively and winsomely ‘catch’ others through the proclamation of the Gospel. According to the Scriptures, the two always go together. By the grace of God, we are caught to catch.
After being hunted as a baby, tempted in the wilderness, and rejected by His hometown, you could mistakenly think that Jesus’ ministry was hanging by a thread. But Luke shows us how Jesus was in complete command of His mission as ordained by His Father. He had authority to set people free and bring new life through His powerful Word- the same Word that He proclaims to us today in the pages of Scripture.