Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him. Luke 13:10-17
I am often amazed at how many people claim that Jesus was illiterate. In today’s verse we see Jesus once again in a synagogue this time He is teaching. At other times he reads from scripture. Now I may have missed something but if someone can read it would seem to me that they are not illiterate. Now as Jesus is teaching a woman come up to Him. We are told that she had been disabled for eighteen years. Jesus saw this woman and how she was bent over not able to stand up straight. He called her over and healed her.
Rather than praise God for this miraculous healing the ruler of the synagogue became indignant. He was beside himself because Jesus had the audacity to heal on the Sabbath. Immediately Jesus called the ruler on his hypocrisy. Jesus knew full well that they had to untie their animals and lead them to water to drink. It is also probable that they did other things on the Sabbath that could be considered work. These were common day to day things people had to do to exist. Yet for the rulers their work was okay but Jesus’ healing was not.
I believe one of the things that keep people from Jesus is the hypocrisy Christians show in the everyday things we do. We think that when we get into the work world it is ok to take advantage of the other guy. After all it is a dog eat dog world and only the strong survive. And we are doing this for our families. We talk about feeding the homeless but will not take a minute to write a check to the local food bank let alone a few hour to actually feed people. After all the government is taking care of them, aren’t they? Rather than model Jesus we model ourselves after the world and then wonder why more people are not being saved.
Now do not get me wrong all of us are hypocrite at some time or another. What we as Christians need to do is realize we do fall short of Christ but that we never stop trying to be more Christ like. Many people will never step foot in a church but they will see us and how we act. If they see us acting as Christ would have us act then they may want to learn why we do what we do. If the see us act as the world acts then they will see no reason to further investigate Jesus and what He has to offer them.
After Jesus called the synagogue rulers on their hypocrisy the people rejoiced over what Jesus did and what Jesus said. When people see us admit that we sometimes fall short of the goal Jesus set for us but that we are always seeking to be more like Christ and then they see us acting as Christ would act then they will want to know what our secret is. Then if they too come to Christ not only will we rejoice but so will all in heaven.
Have a blessed day,