Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 13, 2019

“all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 14:1-6.

“It happened that when He went into the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, they were watching Him closely.  And there in front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy.  And Jesus answered and spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?”  But they kept silent.  And He took hold of him and healed him, and sent him away.  And He said to them, “Which one of you will have a son or an ox fall into a well, and will not immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?”  And they could make no reply to this.”  Luke 14:1-6.

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Jesus is “Lord of the Sabbath” as expressly taught in Matthew 12:8 and Mark 2:28.

But, Jesus is also “Lord of all” as expressly taught in Romans 10:12 and as today’s Scripture leads us to consider this point by the comparison Jesus makes in verse 5 between Jesus’ healing of the man suffering from dropsy on the Sabbath and the one who pulls out his son or his ox on the Sabbath.

Today’s Scripture leads us to consider what Jesus will do for those who belong to Him just like Jesus’ question lead the lawyers and Pharisees to consider what they would for those who belong to them.

“And He *said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions became hungry;  how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the consecrated bread, which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests, and he also gave it to those who were with him?”  Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.  So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”  Mark 2:25-28.

“Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come;  but the substance belongs to Christ.”  Colossians 2:16-17.

Q. 1.  What is thy only comfort in life and death?

A.  That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ;  who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil;  and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;  yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.  Heidelberg Catechism.  

“So then let no one boast in men.  For all things belong to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come;  all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ;  and Christ belongs to God.”  1 Corinthians 3:21-23.


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