To do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?
And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. – Mark 3:1-4
It is unfortunate that this scene still happens today in churches around America. However, let Jesus, Himself, settle the matter for the religious in our day as He did when He walked the earth in human form. The religious spirit will always seek to condemn the use of the miraculous demonstration of God’s kingdom as an unlawful thing. It refuses to believe in the available power of God to heal. It will harden its heart to the compassionate heart of Jesus to do good.
And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, – Mark 3:5a
Praise God for His will. Let the silent, stiff-lipped, religious persons take head to the words of Jesus Christ, the Anointed. As Elijah called down the fire from heaven to consume the watered down sacrifice in 1Kings 18, so Jesus released the power of heaven down upon that withered hand. The audience is the same. Both sit silently, unwilling to answer truthfully on who is God.
“Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that You [are] the LORD God, and [that] You have turned their hearts back [to You] again.”- 1Kings 18:37
So, I will ask this 21st Century audience, “Is it okay if we allow Jesus, the hope of glory, within us, to be Jesus?” “Are you offended if some of us still believe in the power of Jesus Name to heal as well as save?” Better yet, “Will you oppose us if we demonstrate the kingdom, by moving outside the church to use the prophetic and healing gifts to haul in the lost?”
For those who prescribe to the mindset, “just give me the word (logos)”, but are inexperienced in the “rhema”, at least observe Paul’s testimony.
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. – 1Corinthians 2:4-5
Hence, I lead you, religious and non-religious, to the goal that the Master has put before us all. The Father seeks to redefine Himself. He has called us to believe in the name of Jesus. Every area of our lives are fit for His touch to bring healing and deliverance. It is time for excusing, doubting, unbelief supporting stinking thinking to leave the church. We are called to walk in confident expectation that God is good and, through His goodness, He rewards those who acknowledge it and draw close to Him (Hebrews ll:6 paraphrased).
Therefore, I exhort you in the Name of Jesus, “Stretch out your hand.”
And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward… Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched [it] out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. – Mark 3:3,5