Words Not Work – Luke 6.6-11

On another Sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and was teaching. Now a man was there whose right hand was withered. The experts in the law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they could find a reason to accuse him. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” So he rose and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it?” After looking around at them all, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with mindless rage and began debating with one another what they would do to Jesus.”


In very similar circumstances to yesterday (6.1-5), today Jesus and the Sabbath are central. Watching Jesus closely, the experts in the law and the Pharisees are seeking a reason to accuse him. With different methods, however, Jesus showed again that He is Lord of the Sabbath and not a liar nor a lunatic. 

Jesus asks them (the experts in the law and the Pharisees),

“… is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it?”

Simply, Jesus is making the point that to not do good is tantamount to doing evil. Surely that’s not we do on the Sabbath, is it guys?

As the man whose right hand was withered stretches out his hand at Jesus’ command his hand was restored. No work was done on the Sabbath, only words spoken. As I read recently, 

“He simply spoke a few words and a hand was completely restored. He humiliated the religious leaders and healed the man all at the same time without even breaking the Pharisees’ law. It is no wonder that the religious establishment was furious and sought a way to get rid of Him.” 

Again then, the words of Jesus do not show Him to be a liar or a lunatic. What He says is true and always makes sense. In two separate instances Luke has shown Jesus to be Lord of the Sabbath (v.5). 

For a point to ponder it’s hard to look past our point from yesterday:

  • If Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, Lord of all law, Lord of all, how should my life reflect that truth?


  • If Jesus, with just a few words, can physically heal and demonstrate His Divine credentials, am I asking enough of Him?
  • If Jesus can achieve His own aims without breaking the laws of the land and in doing so demonstrate His sheer perfection, am I viewing Him properly?
  • If He is not a liar, not a lunatic, do I accept that He is Lord?

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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