And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.
Jesus was not just spiritual, He was also very clever and wise: He knew that these people were looking for an excuse to trick Him and accuse Him. Jesus could have just avoided the situation, but He really wanted to help the man who had a physical disability.
And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
Jesus has emotions like us, but, unlike us, His anger is always holy anger! We usually sin when we get angry, but He didn’t! He was angry that these religious rulers cared more for rules than for people.
But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing, came to Him. So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him.
This shows us just how popular and good at caring for people Jesus is – so many people wanted to be as close as possible to Him that He might have been hurt.
For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.” But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.
These evil spirits knew the truth about who Jesus was – the Son of God. This phrase “Son of God” is best thought of as a description of His character and nature rather than meaning He is the offspring of God. It means Jesus has the same nature as God, He was just like God because He is God. In other places in the Bible, it explains that people at the time thought that to be called Son of God was blasphemous because it was like calling yourself the same as God!
And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter; James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, “Sons of Thunder”; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.
Jesus called people to follow Him because He wanted them to do His work too. This is what He also wants from those that follow Him today!
- Ask Jesus to help you to not get angry so easily with people that annoy you
- Ask Jesus to help you with the things that are worrying you today
- Ask Jesus to help you to do His work in the different places you go today