February 9 Going the Extra Mile

Matthew 6:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.


We find Jesus giving instruction on the path of love and kindness in this chapter, particularly verses 37 through 48. He makes this statement about going farther than expected when asked. Jesus spoke about doing contrary to the ways of the world.

Yesterday Dr. Stanley spoke to us about helping bear each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2) The scripture said by doing so we would fulfill the law of Christ, which includes the path of love and kindness in this passage. We should be ready and willing to do as Jesus instructed.

Jesus was probably referring to a Roman law when he said ”go with him twain, or two miles. A Roman soldier could command or compel any non-Roman person to carry his burden for a “Roman mile” which was 1000 paces. The person must carry the soldier’s load that mile or face the consequences. Jesus said when compelled to do something, exceed the expectations and you’ll surprise your enemies.

I cannot help but think about Simon the Cyrenian. (Matthew 27:32) The Roman soldier invoked the law. He was compelled to help Jesus carry his cross up to mount Calvary. And he did. We don’t find him complaining about it. He got under the burden of our Lord and they walked together. Then Jesus went the extra mile shedding his pure and precious blood for our sins. Our Jesus modeled the extra mile he expects us to follow.


Jeff

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