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Jesus' Response to Griping

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Mark 3:1–6 CSB
Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a shriveled hand. In order to accuse him, they were watching him closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath. He told the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand before us.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. After looking around at them with anger, he was grieved at the hardness of their hearts and told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. Immediately the Pharisees went out and started plotting with the Herodians against him, how they might kill him.

It is easy to sit back and look for faults in those who are serving.

(CSB) Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a shriveled hand. 2 In order to accuse him, they were watching him closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath.
Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a shriveled hand. 2 In order to accuse him, they were watching him closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath.

It is far easier to pick faults at those who are serving, than it is to serve.

(CSB) Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a shriveled hand. 2 In order to accuse him, they were watching him closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath.
Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a shriveled hand. 2 In order to accuse him, they were watching him closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath.
Illus: Have you ever heard the term Monday Morning Quarterback… or Arm Chair Quarterback. It refers to the person who sits in a la-z-boy recliner on Sunday Afternoon complaining about the football games. They say things like, “I could have caught that pass, or even a blind ref could have made that call.
So your are telling me that you would be able to catch a football thrown at 50mph all the while getting hit by a 250 pound cornerback putting his helmet in your ribcage.
Follow me here, We do this same thing at church. We Monday morning not only the church, but each other. It is easy to sin on the sides and watch other work and then second guess what they are doing.
We’ve been talking about griping lately… watch your words, do your words critisize those serving in the church or do they tear them down.
(CSB) 9 Brothers and sisters, do not complain about one another, so that you will not be judged. Look, the judge stands at the door!
(CSB) 9 Brothers and sisters, do not complain about one another, so that you will not be judged. Look, the judge stands at the door!

If your natural inclination is to criticize those whom are serving, who are you allowing to control your heart?

(CSB) Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a shriveled hand. 2 In order to accuse him, they were watching him closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath.
Jesus entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a shriveled hand. 2 In order to accuse him, they were watching him closely to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath.
Illus:
Illus: If you are constantly talking bad about your country, are you a good citizen of that country?
If you are constantly criticizing your spouse, are you helping your marriage?
If you constantly gripe at work, are you a good employee?
Think through this with me, If you are constantly complaining about your church, or critisizing people in the church, are you on God’s team or on the Devil’s team?
(CSB) 10 And don’t complain as some of them did,, and were killed by the destroyer.,
10 And don’t complain as some of them did,, and were killed by the destroyer.,

Jesus’ decisions were not directed by popular opinion, but instead by mission.

(CSB)
3 He told the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand before us.” 4 Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 After looking around at them with anger, he was grieved at the hardness of their hearts and told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

Jesus’ mission was to “save life”.

(CSB) 3 He told the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand before us.” 4 Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 After looking around at them with anger, he was grieved at the hardness of their hearts and told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
3 He told the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand before us.” 4 Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 After looking around at them with anger, he was grieved at the hardness of their hearts and told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
Illus: Jesus came to restore people.
He came to restore the broken, the sinful, the hurt.
When Jesus was faced with the decision of whether to pursue his mission, or worry about what the pharisees thought, he always chose God’s mission.
Friends, what should direct every decision we make is not popular opinion, but whether our decisions match the mission God has placed before the church.
Do our words and actions bring life to people or do they tear down people? We follow Christ’s example.
(CSB) 10 A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.
10 A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

Every word and action of our lives should be judged by whether it saves life or kills life.

(CSB) 3 He told the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand before us.” 4 Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 After looking around at them with anger, he was grieved at the hardness of their hearts and told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
Illus: God built the church and equipped it in a way that every person contributes. When we all contribute the body works properly and leads people to know Jesus and be healed by Jesus.
Over time though, what happens is that different body parts no longer serve, but instead sit stagnate and look on.
The trouble goes further, once parts of the body no longer function, they often look at the body and criticize the parts that are still apart of the body.
We have to make a choice… either we follow the example of the pharisees in this passage, or Jesus.
(CSB) 28 Let the thief no longer steal. Instead, he is to do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. 29 No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. 30 And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by him for the day of redemption.
28 Let the thief no longer steal. Instead, he is to do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. 29 No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. 30 And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by him for the day of redemption.

Serving is costly.

(CSB) 6 Immediately the Pharisees went out and started plotting with the Herodians against him, how they might kill him.

When you begin to follow Jesus, the devil will do everything he can to stop you.

Illus: When you begin to serve Jesus, you are a target. Why, when you serve Jesus God’s power is upon you. People will experience the healing of God from you… So, the devil will do everything he can to destroy you.
John 15:20–21 CSB
Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they don’t know the one who sent me.
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