On another Sabbath He entered the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And he got up and came forward. And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?” After looking around at them all, He said to him, “Stretch out your hand!”And he did so; and his hand was restored. But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus. Luke 6:6 – 11
Jesus, in the place of meeting and discussion is teaching; in the three years He ministered on earth, Jesus spent hours teaching, explaining and discussing the Word of God with people. Jesus sees a man with a withered hand. He also see the scribes and Pharisees watching and He knows what they are thinking – He always knows but knowing does not change what He intends to do, to teach. He knows my thoughts before I do and the deep desires of my heart. He knows that sin begins with a thought and He wants to change me by changing the way I think.
Jesus saw everyone; I love that about Him. Jesus really sees the least of them, the ones who were wounded inside and out; on this day He sees the man with the withered hand. How often do I walk past people, barely noticing their existence or worse, deliberately ignoring the person I just don’t want to see or deal with? Oh God, help me be sensitive to the people right around me, forgive me for the times I have chosen to ignore someone. Everyone is wounded in some way, hurting, in need of a kind word or prayer, it only takes a few moments. Jesus notices me, how can I fail to see those He loves and died to save.
Jesus questions the watchers about the law they claimed they knew and zealously argued and upheld; He wants them to see the true purpose of the law was not to condemn but to show our need for a Savior; the law could change behavior but it could not change a heart. He restores the withered hand and the spirit of the man. Jesus, the Great Physician the ultimate healer is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
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