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
When you encounter Jesus, you must choose and there are only two choices:
Come closer – the man with the withered hand came forward, he stood next to Jesus. He turned away from the crowd and looked at Jesus with expectation. He knew something was going to happen but he did not know what; he didn’t care, he just wanted to be near Jesus. He chose Jesus; he chose healing and restoration.
Turn away – the Pharisees turned and whispered among themselves. They rejected Jesus and rejected the truth of The Word. They were full of rage and the trap they were hoping to use on Jesus revealed their hearts. They chose to cling to their old life, a life of bitterness, anger, and self-righteousness.
Today is a good day to choose for yourself…
“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve:” Joshua 24:15