Read Mark 3:1-12

“Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there.” (Mark 3:1 NLT)

This is from the portion of Jesus’s story where the Pharisees are trying to catch Him doing something terrible, like doing good on the Sabbath. While teaching the Pharisees a lesson, Jesus goes on to heal this man’s hand. What I love about this story is that Jesus did not ask this man first if he believed Jesus to be the Messiah, or who he believed Jesus was. His faith, or even lack of, wasn’t discussed. Jesus healed this man on the Sabbath because it was right.

In many of the stories we have of Jesus, He healed people first and they believed second. Sometimes as Christians, we wait for people to walk through the church doors before we take care of them or show them Jesus’ love. However, for some, they need to be loved first in order to believe second. If you see some good that needs to be done, even on the Sabbath, Jesus modeled what to do — love others, whether they are fellow believers or not.

Bethany Whitworth

Categories: Devos

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