Sunday 7 March
Jesus' tender heart
1 Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. 2 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. 3 Jesus said to the man with the shrivelled hand, ‘Stand up in front of everyone.’
4 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.
5 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. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
In v5, we're told the Pharisees had "stubborn" (or literally "hard") hearts towards the need of the poor man with the shrivelled hand.
Jesus' heart on the other hand was tender towards the man, and angry towards those who wouldn't help him. So Jesus helped the man even though he knew it would get him into trouble and even make the Pharisees want to kill him.
This show Jesus' heart for all his people. He is so caring that he chose to save his people even though it would lead to his death on a cross. What a Saviour we have!
And what an example we have. We too should get angry at injustice and we too should help others even when it's not easy for us.
Dear heavenly Father,
Sorry for the times that I am hard-hearted towards those in need.
Thank you that Jesus is never hard-hearted towards me and loved me even though it cost him his life.
Please help me to love others like Jesus has loved me. In his name I pray, Amen,
MORE TIME? You might enjoy watching the first short video in a new Easter series (click here).