March 31/Luke 20

This chapter sort of sums up a lot of what Jesus went through in his three years of public ministry. People tried to discredit him, challenge his authority, get him in trouble with Rome, stump him with difficult questions, convict him of sins he didn’t commit, they laughed at him, tried to stone him a numerous occasions, and even put him down as one born out of wedlock. These people were a constant thorn in his side and Jesus loved them Anyway!

This Anyway of Jesus reminded me of a book I read one time called, you guessed it > Anyway (the paradoxical commandments by Kent Keith.

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered; Love them anyway!

If you do good people will accuse of selfish ulterior motives; Do good anyway!

If you are successful you will win false friends and true enemies; Succeed Anyway!

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow; Do good anyway

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable; Be honest and frank anyway!

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth; Give the world the best you have anyway!

Jesus gave us his best and he got more than just kicked in the teeth. Through all of this Jesus didn’t get sidetracked, he didn’t lose his cool, he always had the right answer, he was never worried or nervous, he never struck back, he didn’t belittle anyone or judge anyone. He wept over those who rejected him and he kept loving and forgiving the very people that eventually got him hung on the cross. He came to seek and save the lost and when people criticized him for that he sought and saved Anyway!

How did Jesus manage that? We need to go back to his baptism for the answer:

Matthew 3:16 (NLT) — 16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.

The Holy Spirit settled or remained on Jesus. Jesus didn’t do anything to grief the Holy Spirit or drive him away. Jesus always had the power of the Holy Spirit with him. The same Holy Spirit that raised him from the dead!

In order for us to be like Jesus and do the Anyways we must be a people where the Holy Spirit can settle. We don’t want to do anything that will grieve him or cause him to distance himself from us. We grieve him when we do not forgive, or have a bad attitude, or give in to anger, or gossip or are ungrateful; well you know when we sin! Let’s keep short accounts with God. Let’s be quick to forgive others and ourselves and quick to confess our sins.

The Holy Spirit remaining on us will allow us to go through this life with the same demeanor as Jesus. It will allow us not to get sidetracked. We are here to seek and save the lost also. We don’t want them to stay in hiding because of our obnoxious ways or the junk that comes out of our mouths. This last sentence reminds me of Rodney Dangerfield > the guy that didn’t get any respect. His parents took him downtown and then they got separated. Rodney saw a policeman and asked him to help him find his parents. After an hour of searching Rodney asked the policeman if he thought they would ever find his parents and the policeman said, “I don’t know there are so many place they could hide!”

With the Holy Spirit remaining on us think of the rest and joy that will bring to our souls! Think of the smile it will put on our heavenly Father’s face. Think of the people that will look at us and scratch their heads in amazement when we don’t respond in the way they are used to us responding! Think of the problems we will be able to solve > remember nothing and nobody ever stumped Jesus! Let’s maintain our fellowship with the Holy Spirit just as Jesus did.

Oh yea and when we blow it Jesus loves us Anyway!

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mark Gundersen says

    The religious leaders knew the answers to Jesus’s questions but their pride and wanting to be seen as righteous made them not answer. The humble could easily answer his questions.