How do we talk to people about Jesus? Luke 6:1-11
Luke 6:1-11 : One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
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 they were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.
On the Bible page I started on Facebook, there are lots of self proclaimed atheists who write comments hoping to get into a debate about Christianity. Their world view is that God is make believe, and why would you bother with something that isn’t real. As one person posted, ‘Santa isn’t real either.’ And in my life there are many people who see Christianity as something weird. They have no idea about the Bible and many of them see Christians as pushy and silly. And yet I am absolutely convinced that they need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I was recently chatting to someone who wasn’t Christian and I asked them why they don’t go to church, they answered that it was on at a really inconvenient time, he shared that he liked to sleep in on Sundays and take it easy! I thought about this a lot, what about putting church on at a time that really suits him? And then I realised, looking at church as the answer is looking at the wrong thing. This guy needs a personal encounter with Jesus Christ first. Once this happens then he will make changes and adjustments to make sure he is fed, to meet with other Christians and worship as part of a church community.
Becoming a Christian may start as an intellectual exercise but at some point you have to open your heart, set aside your preconceived notions and trust. When I became a Christian I made an intellectual decision to invite Jesus into my heart, and then handed the rest of the process over to God. I trusted that God would act and He did and He does!
In this amazing reading above we see Jesus debating with the Pharisees and teachers of the Law and He does something really amazing. He answers their accusations in their language, in a way that they would understand. He moves into their neighbourhood and speaks almost as one of them, only He has a different spin: that He is the ‘Son of Man’ – the Messiah (see Daniel 7:13-14). So as I interact with non-Christians I also need to move into their neighbourhood and understand their world view, and then speak from within that in pointing them to Jesus. Wow.
Lord, give me opportunities to talk about you!!
Rev Mark Brown
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