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When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
Once again, Jesus had healed a woman on the sabbath. The Pharisees were furious that He would do work on the sabbath. Jesus said, “Don’t you untie your donkeys on the sabbath and lead them to water?” He let them know that was a form of work none of them would argue about, yet they argued against this Israeli woman He had healed. At that moment, the Pharisees were humiliated and had to silence themselves while the crowds of people rejoiced at what Jesus had done.
I never cease to be amazed at what happens “When Jesus Steps In.” In many ways, the people of Israel in Jesus’ day were living under two tyrants. First was the Roman Empire, mentioned in verse 1 of this chapter. Second, they were living under the Pharisees’ unyielding interpretation of Old Testament law. After that, you had the Jewish masses trying to eke out an existence free of governmental and religious interference. Jesus was the one ray of hope during that time. He seemed always to pick up the cause of the broken and disenfranchised in the masses. Here, He set the record straight. That gave the masses some joy and breathing room and put the religious leaders firmly in their place. If only for a moment. Sometimes. all you and I need is just a moment of peace, rest, and joy to carry on. “When Jesus Steps In,” very often, that’s exactly what happens.
This AM, I need a little peace, rest, and joy. I believe I’m speaking for my friend as well. Please silence our opposition today, I pray. Only You can do what we cannot. Amen