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Faith in Action: Be the Church
Seeing People through Christ’s Eyes, part 2
This is an unusual passage: Jesus spits on the man’s eyes and then touches him. It is possible what Jesus was doing was helping this man open his eyelids because they had become matted shut. And then, when he did open his eyes, he could see, but not clearly: he couldn’t distinguish people from trees, except for the movement. So Jesus touched him again, and it says he could see everything clearly.
It seems that many of us are much like this man. We have met Jesus, and He has opened our eyes, but we still don’t see people clearly. The truth is that we all have a lens or lenses — things like… assumptions, responses, and judgments all of which influences how we see the world and other people around us.
Now let’s look at what Bible says about how Jesus sees people. Matthew 9:36 “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” I Samuel 16:7“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
How can we see like Jesus? We have given Jesus our hearts, but now… now we need to give Him our eyes as well. Let’s look at our main Bible passage for today, Luke 4:14–21, to learn why Jesus saw people the way He did, and… how we can see them as He does: “14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about Him went out through all the surrounding country.15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all”ESV.
Now, before we continue reading, it should be pointed out here that, the passage just before this one is about Jesus being tempted by Satan in the wilderness. But between VS 13 & 14several months have passed. If you had a chronological Bible, you would see that the events described in John chapters 2 and 3, which included some miracles, healings, and preaching by Jesus, had occurred. That’s why it says in VS 14 – 15 that “a report about Him went out through all the surrounding country” and “… He was being glorified by all.” Jesus was starting to become famous around that area.
Medication: A Merry Heart
AN ETHNIC JOKE
An Englishman, a Scotsman, an Irishman, a Welshman, a Latvian, a Turk, a German, an Indian, some Americans (including a southerner, a New Englander, and a Californian), an Argentinean, a Dane, an Australian, a Slovakian, an Egyptian, a Japanese, a Moroccan, a Frenchman, a New Zealander, a Spaniard, a Russian, a Guatemalan, a Colombian, a Pakistani, a Malaysian, a Croatian, a Uzbek, a Cypriot, a Pole, a Lithuanian, a Chinese, a Sri Lankan, a Lebanese, a Cayman Islander, a Ugandan, a Vietnamese, a Korean, a Uruguayan, a Czech, an Icelander, a Mexican, a Finn, a Honduran, a Panamanian, an Andorran, an Israeli, a Venezuelan, a Fijian, a Peruvian, an Estonian, a Brazilian, a Portuguese, a Liechtensteiner, a Mongolian, a Hungarian, a Canadian, a Moldovan, a Haitian, a Norfolk Islander, a Macedonian, a Bolivian, a Cook Islander, a Tajikistani, a Samoan, an Armenian, a Aruban, an Albanian, a Greenlander, a Micronesian, a Virgin Islander, a Georgian, a Bahaman, a Belarusian, a Cuban, a Tongan, a Cambodian, a Qatari, an Azerbaijani, a Romanian, a Chilean, a Kyrgyzstani, a Jamaican, a Filipino, a Ukrainian, a Dutchman, a Ecuadorian, a Costa Rican, a Swede, a Bulgarian, a Serb, a Swiss, a Greek, a Belgian, a Singaporean, an Italian, a Norwegian and 47 Africans walk into a fine restaurant ...
“I’m sorry,” said the manager, as he scrutinized the group one by one, and then barred their entrance saying, “Sorry, but you can’t come in here without a Thai.”
God Bless, Proximity,
St Mark’s Community Church, Janesville
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT
Today’s readings: Leviticus 22 – 23