Mark’s gospel, chapter three tells us, “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.” (Mark 3: 1 – 5)
I’m so glad Jesus is able and willing to heal and restore. But, I’m equally angered and distressed that we still live in a world where people do not want Jesus to act.
We have told ourselves lies to justify our opposition to Jesus. We have said that a shriveled life is just as good as a full one. We’ve raved about the multiple religious expressions available for our choosing as long as we don’t exclaim or emphasize there’s One choice that’s able to make us whole. We have said multiple cultures are equally beneficial to its citizens. But, truth be told, that’s not the truth.
We live in a world where we are intimidated away from acknowledging the truth or exposing the consequences of sin’s evil. Will we be brave and honest enough to stretch out our hand and through our restoration speak to the parched, broken, and shriveled among us, and tell them of One whose deepest passion is to restore them to fullness of life?
P.S. Please pray for me and this ministry of writing. I’m trying to stretch out my hand today to move my blog to a self-hosted site where we can do more for those who read our stuff. Me and technology – what could go wrong?