Humiliation or Exhilaration?

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Luke 13:17

When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.


Earlier in this chapter, Jesus had once again healed a person on the Sabbath. The synagogue leader went crazy with his accusations concerning Jesus breaking Sabbath laws. Jesus responded, “How many of you would open the stall door and walk your donkey or ox to water on the Sabbath, but you won’t let a woman who has been crippled for 18 years be healed?” Immediately those who had opposed him were filled with HUMILIATION the Scripture says, while the ones who were pleased by what He was doing experienced a sense of EXHILARATION.


Wherever Jesus went there was a potential for controversy. The reason is because any time God shows up, religion is threatened. Of course religion is perpetrated by human beings. In this case, Jesus was both God and man coming up against the human “Spirit of Religion.” Jesus always wins these showdowns. If you’re wondering why, it has to do with what drives a person on the inside. If one is driven by pride, in time humiliation will be their reward. Conversely, if an individual is motivated by a “Heart of Gratitude,” a sense of exhilaration will usually be close by. I could tell you 100 different stories, but this one in Luke 13 says it well. The question is: What do you want? “Humiliation Or Exhilaration?”


Dear Jesus,

This AM I’d rather humble myself than be humiliated. I’d rather live with a sense of exhilaration as my reward than have a long, sad, negative face all day long. Today I will be grateful! Amen

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