Luke 14: 1-6 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?’ But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way. Then he asked them, ‘If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?’ And they had nothing to say.
Jesus is back in the home of a Pharisee having dinner. He seems to be always invited out for a meal. The majority of the time people are watching him carefully in order to trip him up in some way with his teaching and responses.
The imagery of a child falling in a well is shocking, of course, we must stop everything and immediately lift the child out.
Similarly with an animal that is someone’s livelihood or a family’s future. We must not let it drown.
So when this man who has abnormal swelling of his body stands in front of Jesus then again there cannot be any delay. This man is in a crisis, perhaps his organs were shutting down. Something is wrong right there and it is getting worse. This man could die and he is standing with desperate hope of help.
But it is the Sabbath.
Jesus has healed on many Sabbaths and this will be his last one. They hated him for doing this kind of work on their Sabbath. It was their Sabbath (even though it belongs to the Lord) and they told others what they could or not do on it. However, they would themselves often have lavish dinners on the Sabbath and these would have entertainment. These parties on the Sabbath were acceptable but healing on that day that was appalling! Jesus was attending such a party. He bridges the gap between hypocrisy and the suffering.
Love is not work.
Love is not doing something for a return.
Love helps others.
Love cares for the suffering.
Love is every day of our life.
Love triumphs over religious hypocrisy.