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. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

– Mark 3:1-6 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Religiosity can be a blinding force. A man’s hand has been healed and all the religious leaders could think of was how to kill Jesus. We may be quick to judge the Pharisees, but how do we respond when Jesus challenges our religious notions and power structures? If Jesus turned the religious establishment on its head back then, why do we think that he wouldn’t do the same today? And what keeps us from reacting just like the Pharisees did?

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