Monday, April 06, 2015

Blind to the Healer

In Luke 6:6-11, the Pharisees were keeping a close eye on Jesus.  It was the Sabbath and, of course, he was in the synagogue.  The scribes and Pharisees knew there was a man there whose hand was withered and they knew that Jesus would want to heal him.  So, verse 7 tells us they "watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him."  

It's almost unbelievable.  Can that really have been their thought process?  There's a man in their presence who they know can take a man's withered hand and make it like new with the touch of a hand or the word of his mouth.  But, they're so consumed with their rigidity to the Law that they look at him without seeing him.  The Healer is standing right in front of them and all they care about is law-keeping.

It's easy to point fingers at the Pharisees.  But, how often do we miss Jesus because we're too busy trying to pursue our own righteousness?

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