My, Devotion to Him #9
VERSE PASSAGE: Mark 3:1-5 “Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 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. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” 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. 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.” – NIV
Christ comes to a synagogue and there is a man with a withered up hand. Now He knows there are people there who are patiently and some there eagerly waiting to trip Him up. Jesus doesn’t bend over and heal him real fast, He doesn’t tell him to meet Him somewhere else, nor does He tell Him there’s too many people watching. Jesus first said for him to stand up in front of everyone. He wanted all who were around to see. Every single person who supported Him, opposed Him, the leaders of the Law, spies, everyone. He was making a statement. Then Jesus asked the crowd a question. Which is better to do on the sabbath. The Holy day. To do good or evil? Save or kill? Yet everyone was silent. They were all waiting to see what this Jesus guy was going to do on the holy day. In which they knew what could and couldn’t be done because of the law. They did not understand that Jesus was the law, He was the word in flesh form. He was there to change things up.
The boundaries in which encompassed everyone under the law would be shattered. Jesus came to tear down the law. Because there would be a new way. A personal, deep connected way. He became upset, Hs was distressed. A word that I came across that is used to define a distressed person is agonize. Jesus was in agony because of their stubborn hearts. He was suffering in pain for lack of compassion towards this sick man. They had rather Him uphold the law than to heal a sick man. So He turned to the sick man and said “stretch out your hand”. He did and it was completely whole.
Now Jesus has the healing power. Though Jesus requires us to have faith in Him. He is not to be questioned if His healing will work, has worked, or for how long. He told the man stretch out your arm. Now the man could’ve stoped and asked why? Are you going to heal me? Or he could’ve told Jesus, I can’t, I am not able to. See this man had an issue. His hand was withered up. He has lived with this issue, it was apart of him, deep embedded into his mind that this is how it is. We sometimes get into these scenario’s in which we say “that’s just how it is” or “well that’s how it’s going to be” or “this is just how my life is” and even “this is how the cards have been dealt”. No! I will not stand on that confession. Having my own health issues I stand on health, I stand on wholeness, I stand that Christ is my healer, I stand that He has made me whole. No matter how I feel, I continue to proclaim that Jesus has healed me. He told the man to stretch out his arm. In an instant the man did so and in his faith and in listening and doing so he was made whole. He was healed and complete once again. Jesus astounded everyone.
Be blessed and know that our God has healed, is healing, and will continue to heal.
1. The man had faith in Christ while not knowing Christ.
2. Jesus not only heals, but makes an impact with all who are around the time of healing.
3. Jesus told him what to do, and instantly he did so. In faith he was made whole.
4. Jesus still heals.
Copyright © 2017 by Jacob Olinger
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