Jesus Heals a Man with Deformed Hand

Entering into the Story…

As you read and reflect on Jesus stories, you will find that Jesus is always healing people. In fact, in a couple of places it says that Jesus healed everyone that was brought before him. This story unique because of when Jesus heals. 

The Story…

Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him.

He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus. (Mark 3:1–6 NLT)

Adding depth…

First century Israel had strict laws about working on the Sabbath (the set apart day of rest, which was Saturday). Healing would be considered work and so the religious leaders, like they typically did, wanted to find a way to accuse Jesus. 

Asking Questions…

  1. How would you re-tell this story in a 21st century context?
  2. What does Jesus say to the leaders by healing the man’s hand on the Sabbath?
  3. What do you think is really important to Jesus?
  4. How can you live out the example of Jesus today in your actions towards others?  

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