Hanging On His Words

Luke 22:47-48 (NIV)
Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
I wonder how they did it.  Luke makes it clear that the chief priests, teachers of the law and religious leaders in Jerusalem were looking for a way to kill Jesus during the week of Passover, but they could not do it.  Why?  Because the people “hung on His words” (Luke 22:48, NIV).  They were captivated by Jesus.  He did not teach like the teachers of the law, but instead taught as One with authority (Matthew 7:29).  His words were filled with grace and truth.  His words were filled with compassion and mercy.  His words were challenging and powerful.  The crowds of people could not get enough of Him.
So how did the religious leaders of Israel convince these same crowds to cry out, “Crucify Him!  Crucify Him!”?  This was a punishment reserved for the worst of criminals and now the people were demanding it for Jesus.  How could this be possible?  What did He do?  What crime did He commit?  He did not lead an invasion against the Romans.  He led an invasion into the hearts of people.
He is still leading this invasion to this day as people all across the globe discover that Jesus holds the words of life (John 6:68).  We trust in His words to give us hope and eternal life.  We still hang on His words.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank Your merciful plan of salvation.  It cost Jesus His life in exchange for mine.  Thank You for the words of eternal life that Jesus spoke.  Help me to hang on His every word that I may have hope in Him.  Amen.

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