Summary: Many people lives are withered spiritually, but Jesus can restore things to life
I. Introduction: Whatever has “withered up” in your life, God came to make it “whole”!
a. We all have seen or had some things that have “withered up!” (Ex: The recent severe Winter that we have experienced in Florida, seemed to have killed every plant that was left exposed to freezing temperature outside and caused it to “wither!”)
b. Text: (Mk 3:1-6), Jesus heals the man with the “withered hand!” Things can be “withered,” not only physically, but also spiritually.
c. Physically: The man with the “withered” hand, was in a bad condition. “Withered” means that it had “shriveled up!” His hand looked like it was dried up, smaller, useless, this meant he was not able to work. It was attached to him, but was no good to him, and was a burden, it only served to weigh him down, slow him down, sapping his energy, dragging a heavy useless weight around.
d. Spiritually: Not only our hands, but our lives are “withered” without God! Despite the fact that God created us in His image, to be like Him. Since Adam’s sin in the garden, sin separated man from God. God declared that the “day you sin you shall die!”
i. Since man is born in sin, “cut off” from the source of life, he is in a “shriveled up” condition. He is “shriveled up” in his soul, spirit, mind and body. Ultimately if man does not get “reconnected” to God through, being born again by God’s spirit he will die! Destined to spend “eternity in hell! You must receive the “Holy Spirit!”
Man in all of his wisdom and the blessings of God still denies the reality of God, the We need to be “born again” and live a holy, sanctified life in this present world by the power of the Holy Ghost!
II. WITIHERED HAND LESSON: Before He healed the man, he used this as an opportunity to teach them a greater lesson, “Jesus came to give life, do good, even on the Sabbath day. God is not limited by time, or the day of the week!”
a. The spectators were not only cruel to the patient, whom they should have been doing everything they could to help him. But they were cruel to the Physician who came to help him!
i. (3), Jesus tell the man to “Stand forth!”
ii. (4) When he sensed the hardness of their “hearts”, He asked them a question. “Is it right to do evil or do good; heal or kill on the Sabbath?” Jesus grew angry at the sin in their hearts. They were resistant to the “truth” and refused to change. Therefore they said nothing. Jesus said if you are not far me, then you are against me. Even though you may not be saying anything with your lips, but sin is in your heart you are going to be judged.
III. ANGRY. Jesus grew angry, at the “sin” in their heart, but yet He didn’t sin. We must be like Jesus, and develop a “holy anger” at sin, and not at the person, “be ye angry and sin not!”