Mornings with Maddie Day 2 – Healing on the Sabbath
“Jesus said to him, ‘Get up, take up your bed, and walk.’ And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. … Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:8-9,24, ESV)
“And Jesus said to them, ‘I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?’ And 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 were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.” (Luke 6:9-11, ESV)
Today we are looking at two occasions in which the Lord healed someone on the Sabbath and the people’s reaction to it.
It’s insane to think of the man in our first passage sitting in the same spot for 38 years! Let that fact stand out—38 years! That’s a very long time to stay in one place waiting to be healed. He did not go to work or travel around because his handicap kept him from doing so. That seems like a pretty lonely and bleak existence and certainly very discouraging.
When this man was healed by Jesus, it seems that no one wondered at the fact that someone who had been lame for 38 years was now fully restored and walking around. Instead, they chose to focus on the fact that he was “working” on the Sabbath by carrying the old, dirty pallet he had been lying on. Sadly, they focused on the rules of the Sabbath, but missed truly seeing Jesus as Lord of the Sabbath.
In the second passage, it’s sad to read the reactions to Jesus’ miraculous healing of a man’s hand. It says they were filled with fury—how tragic! These people should have been in awe of what they had seen Jesus do, but they couldn’t get past their legalism. We, also, must be careful not to be so busy following rules that we miss seeing Jesus and the things He’s done and is doing.
What has Jesus done in your life? Have you acknowledged the good He’s done? Our Lord is still doing miracles all around us if we will only open our eyes.