The Redeemed Life

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11 February

The Power of His Word – Luke 6:6-11

Luke 6:6-11  – Listen

On another Sabbath, he entered the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him. But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” And he rose and stood there. 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?” 10 And after looking around at them all he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored. 11 But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

The Redeemed Mind – Learn

This is the second passage concerning Jesus’ ministry during the Sabbath.  In the previous post, Jesus challenged the false belief that Jews were to follow the Law as a means of pleasing God.  In this passage, He challenges the Pharisees’ lack of compassion and hardness of heart.  The issue here again is whether it is permitted to “work” on the Sabbath.  Jesus perceives the judgmental thoughts of the Pharisees and confronts them with a question that cuts straight to the issue at hand: is it better to do good or harm, save life or destroy it?  The Pharisees are caught in their hypocrisy.  They know its better to do good but refusing to acknowledge that Jesus is right, they sit in silence.  Jesus then heals the man without doing any “work.”  Jesus was capable of accomplishing this healing and still be perfectly blameless according to the Jewish laws.  When the Pharisees see this, they’re filled with anger and begin to scheme how to get rid of Jesus.

The Redeemed Heart – Worship

Sometimes being familiar with these stories makes us numb to the amazing acts of God that happen through Jesus.  We can read straight past this story without giving a second thought to the mind-boggling idea that this actually happened in our world.  God came in the flesh and began to heal a world that was ravished by sin, decay and death.  He healed medical issues that we are unable to fix with our technology today.  Jesus tapped into the most potent source of healing and restoration in all existence – the power of God.  I pray as you grow closer to God through His Word that these stories come alive to you.  I pray you’re able to see Jesus and continue to be amazing by His wisdom, compassion and power.  Through these stories we can be certain that there is no one else that is worthy of our devotion, worship, and love.

The Redeemed Life – Grow

Healing miracles aren’t unique to Jesus.  They’re found all over the Bible.  But there is something striking about the way Jesus heals people compared to the prophets of old: its virtually effortless.  In the past, prophets were empowered by God to miraculously heal people, but they would usually have to perform some physical act or go through some special ritual to bring about the healing.  Here in the Gospels, Jesus brings a whole new level of authority over sickness and death: He simply speaks and it is done.  In healing the man with a withered hand, Jesus doesn’t even lift a finger.  He speaks a word, wills it in His heart, and it happens.

My friends, this is the God we serve.  In Jesus, we have direct access to the power of God Almighty.  Take some time to pray today about the things that are heavy on your heart.  Pray with confidence knowing that the same power Jesus used to heal a withered hand is the very same power that is available to answer your prayers.  His power is still available to those who believe in Him.

Lord, say the word and let us be healed.

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