Jesus had many encounters with people who listened, believed and trusted; He also had encounters with religious people who just did not get Him and ended up hating Him.
In John 5 we see Jesus upsetting the religious establishment by having the audacity to heal a man on the Sabbath (Jesus seemed to do a lot on the Sabbath).
The Jews were concerned about the healing being on the Sabbath (John 5 v 10).
They were simply not interested in the healing or in the person involved.
In verse 11 the man says he was healed, then the Healer told him to pick up his bed and walk.
In verse 12 the Jews ask who told you to pick up your bed and walk.
They did not say, “how are you now” or “what were you healed from”.
They were not interested in anything but the letter of the law, the rules and regulations of their religion.
The sad truth is that this religious spirit is alive and well in the church today.
Rules and regulations, traditions and practices seem to be more important than people.
True Christianity is more about people than religious practices or rules and regulations; it is about relationship not religion.
Jesus was always more interested in the person; if they were in need He helped them no matter what day of the week it was.
In this sense Jesus was a rebel, I hope there is a bit of the rebel in you today!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the example of compassion, mercy and love that we see in Jesus, help us to aspire to that same attitude today”.
John 5 v 11 and 12…..He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy be, and walk. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?