During the month of January I’m going to share a series of sermons at Christ’s Church out of the gospel of Luke. Over on my Big Buts page and on the Interactive Sermon page I’ll make more mention than here but (Isn’t that a great word?) I thought it worth noting a few of the key ‘buts’ from the texts I’ll use. Here’s one for instance:
In Luke 10, a passage known as the Parable of the Good Samaritan, a man is robbed and left for dead. A couple of religious men happen along and, each in turn, crossed the road to pass without having to get involved in meeting the man’s great needs. Then this: BUT a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. That conjunction ‘but’ brings a lot of weight–the religious types went out of their way to avoid the man in need, but one of the detested Samaritans ‘loved his neighbor.’
This is a great example of why I believe that little three-letter conjunction can be so wonderful a help in reading and understanding your bible. A priest–surely he would help. No. Ah, a religious leader? Nope. BUT! A despised half-breed (to the Jewish hearers of Jesus’ story)–he showed real love and compassion and stopped to meet the need!
Pick up your bible. Look for the word ‘but’ in the text. Underline it, highlight it, put a little star next to it–it’s going to help you make the most out of your time in the word.