Jesus heals a lame man on the Sabbath. In so doing, he pulls the rug out from under many assumptions of his day about what it meant to be virtuous while simultaneously claiming equality with God. In this passage, Jesus refuses to let us put him into the easy boxes of “life guru” or “traveling philosopher.” No, he claims to be Lord, and as Lord, he is also Judge. Our desire to experience his blessings should be followed by our life’s expression of gratitude and obedience.
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