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Monday, August 31, 2020, 20:28

September 2020

28 They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things. 29 They rose up, threw him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill that their city was built on, that they might throw him off the cliff. 30 But he, passing through the middle of them, went his way.
- Luke 4:28-30 (WEB)

I was reading a story on the web (https://www.livescience.com/jesus-home-nazareth-discoveries.html) where an archaeologist, digging in Nazareth, has found evidence that the people of that city were anti-Roman. That should not be surprising to anyone, who has read the New Testament. The point of the story though was that the people of Nazareth saw Jesus' ministry as pro-Roman, that is why they tried to throw him off the cliff! Jesus did help all who came to him for assistance, including Romans (Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10) and turned away no one who came to him in faith. This did make Him unpopular with many in His day.
I have been wondering what Jesus would make of the protests going on today. I could see Him leading a Black Lives Matter protest and calling on anarchist and white supremacist to follow Him (He did have a tax collector AND a Zealot following Him as part of His twelve disciples). He would not have put up with the looting and violence (see Luke 22:51) that we see today, but called on all to be just in all that they do.
Jesus could pass through an angry mob unhurt. As followers of Christ we are called to do justice and show mercy, even when the mobs want to throw us off the cliff. We can not use mob tactics to fight the mob, but we too must walk through each crisis to show the true way of God, by following where Jesus leads.

Pastor Robb


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