On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,
and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely
to see if he would cure on the sabbath
so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
and said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up and stand before us.”
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus. (Lk 6:6-11)
What they might do to Jesus?!
If it were the day of Hallmark cards, the least they should have done was send him a “thank you” card for intervening in their lives!
The Gospels are filled with these types of scenarios whereby people who had totally rejected what Jesus stood for could not see past their anger, their hatred, their disappointment and see Jesus for who He truly was: God’s Son.
Instead, they saw someone who was going to cause considerable trouble for them. And, because of that, they would do everything they could do to rid themselves of Jesus.
There are many times in the lives of people today where their minds get so clouded by the things of this world that they do not see Jesus in their midst.
We are those people as well.
How often do we see the Lord in our midst as opposed to the number of times that we fail to see Him at all? The answer, if we are truly honest with ourselves, would astound us.
After all, don’t we believe that Jesus is present to us always?
He is there in every experience we have, in every person we meet, in every breath we draw.
Are we going to recognize Him today? Or, are we going to try to find a way to rid ourselves of Him?
FAITH ACTION: In prayer, make sure that you are by yourself, clear your mind of all distractions, and say, “Jesus, I know that you are here. Please make yourself known to me that I may listen to your word.”