“On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, ‘Get up and stand in front of everyone.’ So he got up and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, ‘I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?’ He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He did so, and his hand was completely restored. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.” (Luke 6:6-11 NIV)
There is a lot to be learned from this passage. There’s the fact that Jesus knew the thoughts of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. There’s also the fact that Jesus had the authority and power to heal the man. But, what stands out to me the most was Jesus’ fearlessness. Even though there were people around who would soon plot His death, He chose fearlessness and did the exact opposite of what they wanted Him to do.
Here, and all throughout scripture, we read about Jesus’ fearlessness. Whether He sat with and asked questions of religious leaders as a preteen, or whether He was questioned by religious leaders, He exuded fearlessness. In the face of betrayal, in the the face being brutally beaten and in the face of death on the cross, He remained fearless.
This is who we get to call our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who when faced with fear or fearlessness chose fearlessness every time. His spirit lives in us (Romans 8:11), so this same fearlessness we read about is true for our lives too.
Today, I want to encourage you to listen for God’s voice and do what He calls even in the face of fear. Let’s look to Jesus as our perfect example and choose fearlessness.
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