25 Live in His absolution

Luke 6:27-38
Leviticus 19:9-18

T Love your enemies

 "The sermon of plains" of Jesus continues. "But I say to you who hear," (6:27). "But"; this word seems to be connected to the words, "Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and cast insults at you, and spurn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man." (22). It will be the center of four "happiness" and four "evils", in from Verse 22 to Verse 26. Last time, we've heard a message that the hand of persecution to lengthen to the people who believed Jesus from there. The apostles became a martyr, and even in the times of the next, there were many seniors who had been bleeding holy blood of faith, too. Surely, such seniors would become martyrs while thinking of the cross of their Lord. We want to walk to such senior's way and to imitate the way of the Lord, above all. When Jesus talked to His disciples, a hand of such a persecution was going to already lengthen; and Jew leaders, Sophers and Pharisees, "they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus." (6:11), and they have begun to follow Him. They discussed together what they might do to Jesus; it means that they put it in the field of their vision "to kill Him". From now, it will be obvious that they become the target of the same persecution when apostles entrusted with full power from Jesus are sent to each place. In such situation, Jesus said.

 "But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back." (65:27-30) Jesus imposed very severe way of life on His disciples in this way. Seemingly this looks like the principle of nonresistance, but it is not a thing of such a passivity positively; in fact, it will teach them the way of life of the will to love even the enemy. The word of speaking "the enemy" will point at Jewish leaders usually, but perhaps, it is felt that it exceeds the times and a country, and includes the people fighting against the believers, too. There were the seniors who kept on keeping their faith, and died in prison, at the time of Pacific Wars, even in Japan. We do not have the guarantee that such a thing does not happen in our times. Rather is it not the recent situation which seems to be able to say that such times approach a little? In such situation, will it be really possible for us to "love enemies"? Though it is difficult even the way of life to be nonresistant, but, Jesus demanded it to us; even though it seems to be equal to hold out our life positively.


U Living for Law of Moses

 By the way, we've heard that "the sermon of plains" was a thing to the disciples. However, we must not forget many people were there, too. Though I cannot say clearly; but, about four happiness and four evils, especially about four evils, it seems to be the messages to the crowds.

 However, from Verse 31, eyes of Jesus seem to be turned to the crowd clearly. "And just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way." (31) This is called the Golden Rule. In late years, a trend of the egocentrism spreads by terrible force. There are many shoplifting. Because everybody does it, if you do not do it, will it be a feeling of the disadvantage to you? One man murdered a person for no reason, and he said "Because I was irritated, anyone was good". It is a really terrible thing. But, in the times of Jesus, would there have been the trend of such egocentrism, also? It is said; "And if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, in order to receive back the same amount." (32-34). About this "lending", perhaps, it seems that Jesus would feel it a big problem. There is it in Toroth; "If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks, ... You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you gave to him, ..." (Deuteronomy 15:7 -10). The reason why Jesus said thus, "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men." (35-36); it would be because such Law of Moses had been left out of the Jewish people, I think.


V Live in His absolution

 Jesus said, "Love your enemies." (27). Now, Jesus repeated the same words to the crowd. "But love your enemies" (35); this teaching which begins with the Golden Rule might be based on teaching that should be called the law itself for Jews, it says "but you shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Leviticus 19:18). So that, will it not be the messages at here that Jesus wanted the crowd to remember the center of the law which they've forgotten? And the wish of Jesus was that they stare at the level of God which exceeded far higher than Law of Moses. "Love" is the center of messages of Jesus. And He said moreover, "Love the person who does not love yourself". Here, isn't it telling the cross of Jesus? There was it in Verse 22, "your name". It is a common name of disciple who believe Jesus; if we can say it more clearly, the Christian is charged with the name of Jesus. It is said that Jesus is hated and raped, and His name is expelled from the list of Jews and disparaged, by them. Therefore, "do good to those who hate you, bless those who cure you, and pray for those who mistreat you."; it is saying for the way of life of people who was charged with the name of Jesus. "Give to everyone who ask of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back"; it was the way of life of Jesus Himself. Jesus lived His life according to the words, and gave even His own life to the people who demanded it.

 "And do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." (37-38) Will this be the story to the people, too? When we hear it with our intention, it is awful and serious. However, I feel to be able to understanding it somehow when I hear it as one of the disciples. Would eyes of Jesus be poured again to disciples? Soon, the disciples will become carrying the Gospel of Jesus, and be going to stand on their own feet. It took time a little more, but they had to learn that the center of Gospel was "the absolution". When it became the times of Acts, this absolution was told in messages of apostle such as Peter repeatedly. It may have been the teaching materials of the training of disciples that it was told to the people at here. We want to obey such a way of life, as one of the disciples, too. Can we expect to be able to walk such a way, when we walk with Jesus, too?