Lord of the Sabbath

Mark 3:1-6 (NIV)
Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. [2] Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. [3] Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” [4] Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. [5] He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. [6] Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

Huh.

So the guy heals a disabled man at church and you are gonna….plot to kill him?!? With your enemies?!!

Seems pretty messed up, but then the older I get the more deadly and myopic we humans seem to me.

They hated him–his power and his freedom. The way he flaunted their man-made rules.

So they wanted to kill him. What echoes in this story is the vacuum that remains around a man whose life was restored to health. Setting another person, even one person, free is such a blessing. Sabbath was supposed to be a blessing day.

They lost sight of love, even when he was standing there before them.

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