June 10, 2020

The Lord of the Level Place

The Lord of the Level Place

Luke 6: 17-19, ESV

17 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.

Key Thought:  After Jesus calls the 12 Apostles (sent ones), Jesus engages them along with a diverse and large crowd of others.  Specially, the ochlos (common crowd) and plethos (multitude).  This language is important because Jesus's ministry is directed toward everybody; not just the elite.  Not just the privileged.  Not just those who think they are on the top of the heap, but everybody.  Remember what Mary the Lord's Mother said, 

Luke 1:51-52, ESV 

"He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;"  

Let us not forget, flipping the script is a Luke-Acts Theme (Acts 17: 6); remember the Book of Acts is a continuation of Luke's Gospel.  Luke wants to make it clear that the Christ is a Christ of Crisis and a Messiah who meets the Masses on both the mountain and in the plain.  Jesus doesn't not have a problem speaking, healing, delivering and saving in the middle of crisis! 

On Sunday we will start a new series on Luke's Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6: 21-49), which is Luke's version of Matthew's Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).  In Luke's abridged version of a similar set of teachings, Jesus sets forth for His followers principles of the Realm or Kingdom of GOD.  Though Jesus only uses the term "Kingdom" once in verse 20, this passage encourages the poor, the hungry the weeping and the hated to know they are blessed.  To let the comfortable know don't get complacent and exploitative in your blessings.  And that love for others is our antidote against hate.  We will address all of this over the coming weeks, but tonight our focus is on Luke 6: 17-19, ESV.  

Luke 6:17-19 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all. 

  1. The Jesus of the mountain is also the Jesus of the plain - Jesus is both high and holy and meek and lowly.
  2. Jesus is concerned with ministering to both the disciples and the masses; Jesus is Jesus to those in the pews and those not in the pews.
  3. The ministry of Christ in the middle of Crisis who meets the masses in a level place produces:

            A.  A fresh word

            B. Healing of sickness

`           C. Deliverance from spiritual strongholds

            D. Transformational power to those who admit they are weak - they touch and receive - Luke 8: 43-48

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