Summary: Today, we are going to look at a passage that involves Jesus healing a man from a hindrance. It was of course much more than just removing a restraint, but a miracle by the Master Healer.
MIRACLES OF JESUS: HEALING A HINDRANCE
INTRODUCTION… Survivorman TV Show
I started watching a show the other day that I found a little fascinating and a little bizarre at the same time. I think it comes on the Discovery Science Channel. I asked Kelly if she remembered what the fellow’s name was and she said, ‘stupid.’ His name is actually Les. The name of the show is ‘Survivorman’ and the premise of the show is that this survival expert maroons himself in different places for a week or so and has to survive by his wits and skills. He has marooned himself out at sea and in jungles and in all sorts of out of the way places. The one show I remember took place in Alaska (I think) and he simulated a plane crash. He had plane wreckage brought to a remote site and had to survive a week and hike out of the wilderness alive. To simulate a plane crash, he also bound one of his arms as though he had been wounded in the crash. He tried to make a shelter with only one arm. He tried to collect fire wood with one arm. He tried to catch a rabbit with one arm. After about two days of trying to survive with one arm, he removed his restraint and the rest of the show he had use of both his arms. He admitted that survival with extreme injuries and such a hindrance is highly impossible.
To be honest, I think living life with such a hindrance would be a great challenge. Today, we are going to look at a passage that involves Jesus healing a man from a hindrance. It was of course much more than just removing a restraint, but a miracle by the Master Healer. Let’s read.
READ MARK 3:1-6
I. THE SITUATION (verses 1-2)
The setting and situation of this particular miracle of Jesus is not a complicated one. Jesus was in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Makes sense for Jesus to be in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Actually, it makes sense for us as well doesn’t it; where else should someone who believes in God be on God’s Day other than in God’s House? There were people there in the synagogue that were watching Him and looking for a way to accuse Him. These critics were always listening as He preached and taught and had even seen some of His miracles. The Gospel of Luke (6:7) describes these people as waiting for Jesus to heal on the Sabbath so that they could accuse Him. Jesus was always doing things and saying things that the Pharisees and Sadducees thought were inappropriate. These people knew Jesus’ proclivity for doing good and healing. It was just a matter of time before Jesus would trip up and heal this man!
If you had been in attendance on this day of worship, you would have seen (Mark 3:1) that a man with a shriveled hand was in the synagogue. Luke (6:6) tells us that it was his right hand. The word used here is one that tells us that his hand was rigid, withered, paralyzed and was unable to be used. Given that most of us are right handed, I hope you can imagine what an absolute hindrance this must have been for this man. He had no use of this very useful hand. In addition, most people only have two hands… so it creates quite a handicap if one hand cannot be used.