Can you imagine watching someone heal a handicapped person, and then want to go and kill the healer? Really?
Well, that's exactly what happened to Jesus.
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and
a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse
Jesus, they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
said to them, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the
Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."
he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and
it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
I don't know about you, but this just seems strange. Were the religious leaders of the day just so blinded by power and prestige, that they couldn't allow a guy to help people?
Do we act the same way?
When someone reaches out to help others, are we quick to judge them, and make them look bad?
What if someone was to go help the homeless? I've heard people say, "Why would you help them? If they would just get a job, then they'd be ok."
Or, I've heard people trying to reach out to pregnant teenagers, "Why would you help her? She's a whore!!"
But why are people so quick to go and criticize others who are trying to reach out and help the world? The Pharisees were obviously angry.
Maybe it was because Jesus was doing things that jeopardized their power struggle.
Maybe it was because Jesus' power was in the common man who knew He could reach out and heal.
Maybe people need the sick, the poor, the afflicted, so they can continue to rule someone.
I just hope we're not a generation who hold laws so tight, we're unwilling to reach out to the needy.