Jesus came down from the mountain with them and stood on a large area of level ground. A great company of his disciples and a huge crowd of people from all around Judea and Jerusalem and the area around Tyre and Sidon joined him there. They came to hear him and to be healed from their diseases, and those bothered by unclean spirits were healed. The whole crowd wanted to touch him, because power was going out from him and he was healing everyone. Jesus raised his eyes to his disciples and said: “Happy are you who are poor, because God’s kingdom is yours. Happy are you who hunger now, because you will be satisfied. Happy are you who weep now, because you will laugh. Happy are you when people hate you, reject you, insult you, and condemn your name as evil because of the Human One. Rejoice when that happens! Leap for joy because you have a great reward in heaven. Their ancestors did the same things to the prophets. But how terrible for you who are rich, because you have already received your comfort. How terrible for you who have plenty now, because you will be hungry. How terrible for you who laugh now, because you will mourn and weep. How terrible for you when all speak well of you. Their ancestors did the same things to the false prophets. (Luke 6:17-26, CEB)
It is interesting that this is the sermon in Luke where the beatitudes come and they are a little different than Matthew, but the interesting thing to me as I read this passage this time was, “The whole crowd wanted to touch him, because power was going out from him and he was healing everyone.”
They all wanted to touch him because power was going out of him.
They wanted to be healed or get the mojo.
Don’t we all want power?
And sometimes we will do things we wouldn’t normally do to get that.
But we do not have to. If we just believe and follow, then we get the power.
Be who God created and know you are loved.
Loving People. Loving God.