One of the greatest mysteries about God and his purposes is that he includes people in his mission. We have sinned, and therefore should have no standing before a pure and holy God. In his goodness and wisdom, though, he invites us into his presence for real and lasting relationship.
The sabbath is meant to reflect the heart of God for people, which is one of care.
People get so caught up in practice and tradition that they miss the telos of their tradition – the point of their practice. It is Jesus.
This text forces us to come to terms with questions like, “What makes someone healthy or sick? What makes someone a sinner or righteous? Who is welcome to the table with Jesus?
The Son of Man came to deal with sin, but also to deal with all his enemies, to triumph over those who stood against him. And it starts with us trusting in his authority in every area of our life.
Throughout the Gospel according to Mark, Jesus heals many people of many afflictions and diseases. What is the motivation behind this healing?