Mark 3:1-5 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. (2) And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. (3) And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. (4) And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. (5) And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
How on earth could ANYONE criticize Jesus?
Some how, the religious leaders found a way, because Jesus threatened their power over the people. At some point in Jesus’ ministery, there was someone from the Jewish leadership always following him and setting traps to catch him in a spot where with they could condemn him and put him to death. Ultimately, they were successful!
In our text today, Jesus has healed/restored a man with a withered hand. So what is so bad about that? He performed this miracle on the sabbath day. In all fairness to the religious leaders, the law is quite clear that NO work is to be done on the Sabbath day. What’s worse is that Jesus knew (because he had the miraculous ability to know the thoughts and hearts of men) that what he was about to do in healing this man, would be seen as offensive. But it was the right thing to do, so he proceeded anyway.
Both the world and the church is made up of fallible people and for that reason, we will sometimes be criticized...even for doing good. We need to follow the lead of Jesus and do good anyway!
Reflecting His SON,
Minister, North Hardin Church of Christ
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