Have you ever been the subject of intense scrutiny? For many of my friends who have held top secret security clearances during their lifetime, it may be old hat. If you’ve ever held public office, then likely you have found yourself under the microscope a time or two yourself. But in both of those cases, you knew what you were getting into before you started the process.
For most of us, it’s very uncomfortable when you suddenly and unexpectedly find yourself underneath the magnifying glass exactly in the hot spot at the focal point of where the glaring lights concentrate squarely on you. If you have ever been there, then you know that it can burn you just like that old newspaper test proved in science lab so many years ago.
Indeed, many fine men and women have crumbled under that level of intense scrutiny. But not Jesus. In fact, that level of scrutiny only served to highlight his wisdom, grace, mercy and humility. Time after time, trap after trap, Jesus was always one step ahead of the interrogators. He knew their thoughts and their motives. Though they tried, repeatedly, they were never able to burn Him.
Rather, it was Jesus who inverted the lens and magnified the power to expose attitudes, actions and aspirations that are inconsistent with Kingdom citizenship. What are they? What attitudes did He promote? What actions did He condemn? What aspirations did He encourage? Yeah, you guessed it. You’ll have to join us for the study this week to find out.
If you are unable to join us in person for this study, please feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links: PowerPoint Slides, PDF File. For more information about this Bible study series please see Doubtless Living: The Gospel of Luke.