Jesus: The Ultimate Action Hero
The Hero’s Hostile Takeover
Now we see scenes three, four, and five – as Jesus demonstrates that the old system of man-made rules is contrary to the character of God and cannot hold His new paradigm.
Jesus next introduces the idea that the old way of rule keeping was not a part of what the Messiah was about.
The Law itself looked to the Messiah, but the men who ran Judaism were too rigid to expand to include the grace of God through Jesus Christ.
The Pharisees were so good at building fences to make sure no one violated the Sabbath that they fenced God out and fenced man in to slavish adherence of what became a silly bunch of contradictory rules.
But Jesus’ point is that discernment and compassion are more important than slavish obedience.
Keeping the rules was more important than doing good. Jesus saw a need and did something about it and it didn’t matter what day it was.
Sometimes we are so stuck in our own ways, no matter how miserable, that we miss the wonderful opportunity to jettison our way and give ourselves fully over to the Lord!
It’s amazing the lengths we sometimes go to fight against God’s love and healing.