Women “Get It”, 16-18JAN
Pondering about a Michael Card lecture about Luke’s Gospel…
(Starting at minute 20)
A theory from Michael Card was that all throughout Luke’s Gospel, women (as a secondary social class in those times) were listening and were demonstrated to “get” Jesus. (Actually many men in servant roles are shown to “get” Jesus too). It’s the servants who understand the Servant better than the kings.
Jesus does not shun women. He relates to them, shares to teach, seeks them out to get them to know Him.
Many of the non-servant religious leader classes are portrayed in Luke’s Gospel to “not get it” – to fail in understanding the Lord right away or at all, or take repeated teachings to grasp whom Jesus is fully… Even Disciples who follow Jesus will try to comprehend His Message, but are often shown as “works in progress”. God Himself and life must have blinded them to only understand gradually…
US TOO… We are blinded by life and when we catch a glimpse of the Light of Jesus, we do want to understand His Message, men and women alike. It takes us time for all of us to “get it”.
So, the blind, the sick, the second class folks are shown in Luke’s gospel to be eager and willing to understand Jesus. Those folks were already looking for a save and a Savior. The women mentioned in Luke’s Gospel often “get” Jesus, right away, the women in the stories grasp the truth of Jesus with understanding. Throughout all the gospels we are shown examples of people like us – From His mother to the women who approach Him for just touching a thread of His garment to wanting healing for their families as crumbs of bread gifts from Jesus. They understand Jesus can give Mercy. Do we?
Do we want Mercy from the Father thru Jesus? Do we believe that we have it already?
Those folks were subjugated to being servants but are we WILLING to be servants?
God wants ALL or NOTHING… to be willing to be a servant now is to understand and follow the example of our Servant Jesus who serves the Lord.
Michael Card teaches that Luke shows the world turned upside down. The first must be last. The last will be first. Jesus came to serve. Jesus came to serve His Father, not Himself.
So…. Jesus is already in conversation with us. Do we “get” Him?
Do we serve the Father as was done by His Son?
Do we know our servant role?
Do we want to know Jesus better?’
People are to find the narrow path to Heaven, so if we kneel in service, will it be easier to find the path?
Closeness to our Servant Jesus is what we want to “get”
Our prayer: “Jesus, You are our teacher and Messiah. You came to serve, to teach, to be the One to tell All. Jesus, You were misunderstood by many, left out to die but raised again, let us all know and feel that WE are among the dead who were raised with You.
Amen and Amen
“Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”