Luke 13:10-17 (NIV)
Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. 14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” 15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.”
I can imagine Christ laughing and crying at the same time. YOU IDIOTS!!!!! You hypocrites! You fools! You legalistic tools. Building up all these walls so you can be with God. It doesn’t work that way! You can’t build a wall to be with God, you have to tear them down!
Imagine having the balls, the arrogance, the single minded focus on mans creation, to say to God, and say it with great indignation no less, that you can’t heal someone, obviously through God, on the Lord’s day? That you can’t love on someone because we’re supposed to be holy and pious on this day, not get dirty doing miracles and blessing people. How sideways can we get things?
Jesus was a radical who came down to blow things up. We all should have learned then. Only some did.
Unfortunately, we can get it really sideways – so much farther sideways than this example. How He must cry at our attempts to build walls to be with God.
Jesus was not just a great man or a good moral teacher. To say that is to deny that He performed miracles at the very least, that all the accounts are untrue. That’s an ostrich thing there. There have been many great people, but none of them healed with their touch. None of them radically altered the direction of the world like Christ did in three short years of ministry. Christ is a radical and much more than a great man – He is God.
Think about it – who could have done this but God? Who could change the world in 3 years but God? Who could heal people without being there with the person? Crad, who can heal people with a touch whether they are there or not? No one had, or ever has done it like Christ. That’s important.
Many people have had their lives turned by the love of God. Many more have had their hearts turned against God by religion. Understand that the leader of the synagogue believed deeply in God, was very well trained, was part of the elite, was likely a well respected leader in his community, etc. And he was dead wrong.
Christ is love – pure, perfect love. With that comes perfect joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22 ESV)
Don’t see that in your religion or in yourself?
Get rid of the good moral teacher you’ve found, blow up the walls you’ve built to find your god. Your god is a good moral teacher (maybe) and that’s about it.
Go to the source and get radicalized.
Galatians 5:22-24 (MSG)
22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
23-24 Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.