It was the Sabbath. The religious leaders of the day are watching Jesus. Will he heal the man with the crippled hand? They just knew he would and then they could condemn him for breaking the Law. They were excited for the wrong reason.
Jesus knows how to handle this. He won’t be trapped. He stops, looks them in the eye and asks “What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?”
It is silent. Perhaps for a long time because Jesus is waiting on an answer. He didn’t ask it rhetorically. He looked them in the eye, one after another, angry now, furious at their hard-nosed religion. Jesus got angry. Very angry. Furious.
He wanted someone to speak up. No one did.
Getting no answer, Jesus did the right thing. Jesus healed the man. The religious leaders got out of there fast. No after service meet and greet today.
It is all about love. God’s goal for me is to help people. That is the challenge. Will I love or will I condemn?
What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?