Wonderful Things

​…​the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing. – Luke 13:17b (NIV)​
Are you delighted with what God is doing in your life?  In Jesus’ day, the religious leaders were growing increasingly frustrated with Him.  He was bucking their traditions.  He was calling them hypocrites.  He was making a mockery of them by His simple message of grace and truth.  He was the living embodiment of faith and faithfulness.  He was doing what they could not.  They put on a good show but they were rotten to the core.  Jesus was pure goodness and righteousness all the way through.  The Pharisees and religious leaders were angry with Jesus.  They wanted to get rid of Him.  So they plotted to kill Him on more than one occasion.
But the people loved Him!  Luke says that they “delighted” in “all the wonderful things He was doing” (Luke 13:17b, NIV).  Jesus was healing people and the people were delighted.  Jesus was casting out demons and setting people free and the people were delighted.  Jesus was teaching Truth with grace and authority and the people were delighted.  Jesus was doing truly wonderful things and the people were delighted.
What is Jesus doing in your life?  Is He doing wonderful things in your life?  Sometimes those things are hard, but they are still wonderful.  Sometimes He must discipline us in order to bring us to repentance.  He does this because He loves us.  Sometimes He must prune away the unproductive parts of our lives.  He does this because He wants what is best for us.  Yet He does it with loving, gentle grace.  Jesus is doing wonderful things in your life.  Can you see them?   Can you see what He is doing?  Do you realize just how good He’s been to you?  When was the last time you delighted in the wonderful things Jesus has been doing?

Luke 13:10-17 (NIV)

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”

15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”

17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.


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