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Summary: A number of times, the religionists had attacked Jesus, accusing Him of teaching a false religion. I guess they often wondered… “Hey Jesus! Can’t You read the sign!? We have rule against that kind of stuff!” In Mark chapter three we see yet another confrontation.

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While thinking about this message I was reminded of a song from my hippy days…

And the sign said "Long-haired freaky people need not apply"

So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why

He said "You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do"

So I took off my hat, I said "Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for you!"

Whoa-oh-oh

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind

Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

And the sign said, "Everybody welcome. Come in, kneel down and pray"

But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn't have a

penny to pay

So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign

I said, "Thank you, Lord, for thinkin' 'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."

Is this where the church is today? Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign? Are we all about the sign?…

A number of times, the religionists had attacked Jesus, accusing Him of teaching a false religion.

I guess they often wondered… “Hey Jesus! Can’t You read the sign!? We have rule against that kind of stuff!”

In Mark chapter three we see yet another confrontation.

Jesus took the man with a withered hand and demonstrated just what true religion is and the demonstration was so clear and forceful that the religionists were stunned.

I’ve titled this message : “Can’t You Read the sign!?” Looking at Mark 3 I have to ask the question “What is True Christianity?”

Is it keeping some long list of rules…Is it all about obeying the signs?

I want to look at five things that I believe true Christianity is.

But first let’s look at what happened when Jesus entered the synagogue.

In verses 1, 2

Jesus noticed a man with a withered hand. I really don’t have Biblical evidence, other than looking at verse 2 and wondering if the man was planted there by the religious leaders, for the soul purpose of trapping Jesus.

When you look at this in the Greek text, we see that his hand had been injured or become diseased.

He was not born with a withered hand but his circumstance was still desperate.

This man was unable to work to support his family, because no one would hire a man with a withered hand.

He was forced to beg for his daily bread.

Jesus also noticed the religionists. You would think that the religious leaders would be the first in line to push the man to Jesus and say “Here’s a guy who needs Your help.”

These were probably the same delegation who had been sent earlier from the Sanhedrin to investigate His teaching.

See it was their duty to protect the people from false teachers and to protect the nation from religious rebels.

In reality they were not attending the synagogue to worship God, but to watch Jesus, so that they might accuse Him of breaking THEIR laws.

I wonder how many sit in church, for no other reason than to watch and pick out wrong in others so that they might accuse them and gossip about them? They want to say HEY!! Can’t you read the sign!?


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