On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.
In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy.
Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking,
“Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?”
But they kept silent; so he took the man and,
after he had healed him, dismissed him.
Then he said to them
“Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern,
would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?”
But they were unable to answer his question.
As we read this story today of Jesus curing the man with dropsy at a dinner party with the Pharisees, it seems odd to us that anyone would be upset that He would heal the man. However, some of the Pharisees had gone too far in their interpretation of the law to say that NOTHING should be done on the Sabbath, not even healing.
Jesus makes their position seem ridiculous. Any loving father would save or heal his son or even his ox if it were in trouble – whether it was the Sabbath or not.
What can we learn from this story? First of all, Jesus always wants to love us and heal us, no matter what the circumstance. Our God loves us as a loving Father, with a heart of compassion and mercy – always. Secondly, we can not get lost in the law and lose sight of love and mercy. We can follow the letter of the law perfectly, but if we have no love, we are missing the whole point. Jesus came to show us the love of God in so many ways.
God is not a bunch of rules. God is not a system of morality. God revealed Himself to us in the PERSON of Jesus, who loves us and wants to save us. It is all about RELATIONSHIP! May we be people of love and mercy, always seeking relationship over rules.
Do I trust that God loves me and wants to heal every part of me?
Do I place an emphasis on relationship with God and others?
Have a blessed weekend,