Jesus went into the synagogue again and at this time He looked for a man who had a withered hand. On the Sabbath Jesus wanted to show the Jews and the priests a lesson about Sabbath. Then he identified the man by asking him to come forward. He looked around and asked them if it was lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to give life or to kill? No one answered and He was angry and grieved because of the hardness of their hearts. He told the man to stretch out his hand and his hand was restored.
This is showing us that God’s interest is to heal and restore but the human condition looks to the law and would prevent from doing good even on the Sabbath. Are we looking to save or looking to the law and saying that we cannot heal on the Sabbath? God made Sabbath for human beings to rest but humans turned it into law saying you couldn’t do good on that day. Restoration, Healing, and Shalom (peace) are the Sabbath. Completeness is Shalom. What do you see God saying to you in this? You can be legalistic and forget the good that God wants you to do even on the Sabbath or follow Jesus’ example.
At this time Jesus went with his disciples to the sea and many people from far and wide came to see Him. Jesus has power over those who seek him and touch him, they would be healed. There were many types of aliments that Jesus healed. It only took a touch for them to be healed. Many followed him because of the miracles they had witnessed, You too are intended to touch the Son of God, they are different types of touch, if the multitude touched Him without intention nothing would have happened, but everyone who touched Him was healed. If we come to Jesus with the intention to be healed, we will be. He will heal you by your faith. There were people being possessed by unclean spirits and the spirits recognized Him, they fell down before Him because they knew who He was and cried out the He was the son of God. As Christians we know that God is in us and those same spirits recognize that today. Jesus is with us and is still the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and every spirit must submit to Him.
Jesus called his disciples and gave them power to heal the sick and cast out demons. He knew each one and He knew their character. He knew their imperfections, for example James and John, the sons of thunder. He knows our character and He still calls us to follow Him, He called each of the disciples even Judas who He knew was going to be betray Him. He never gave up on his disciples and He never gives up on each of us in the body of Christ. We are called to follow Him and believe that the same authority He gave His disciples He also gives to us today.