My wife watches me when we cut grass together. She watches closely. If I start mowing in a way she doesn’t like, she will stop her mower and make hand signals to correct me. I don’t mind. She’s only trying to help.
Jesus was at the synagogue one day and the Scribes and Pharisees were watching him closely. They weren’t watching Jesus to help him. Their motives were darker. Dr. Luke wrote they were watching to see if Jesus would heal someone on the Sabbath. They wanted to accuse him of doing something wrong (Luke 6:7).
As the son of God, Jesus knew what the Scribes and Pharisees were thinking. He called to a man with a withered hand and asked him to stand. Then, Jesus asked a very simple question.
“Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or destroy it?”
Educated in the Law of Moses as they were, the Scribes and Pharisees couldn’t say it was lawful to do harm. The law of Moses taught it was possible to do some good things that needed to be done on the Sabbath (Luke 13:15; 14:5). It certainly wasn’t right to do that which is evil. They were hoisted on the sharp horns of a dilemma.
Jesus healed the man’s hand. The Scribes and Pharisees went away from the synagogue furious. Think of it. These men were angry because Jesus did what was right. That should have been enough to show them how wrong they were. Instead, they went away angrier and even more determined to catch Jesus out later.
Jesus did what was right. He always did. If a person followed Jesus every day, that one would learn to do what is right. Human beings are not always perfect, but imagine how significantly changed our lives would be if we always tried to do what is right.
Why not obey the gospel today and start following Jesus’ example with your life?