Mark 3:3 – And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.
Jesus is Lord. As Lord, He responsible for all those who, in truth, call Him Lord. Just as a father is responsible for the complete well-being of his minor children, so is anyone who is lord over another person. Anyone who is submitted to a lord is submitted in such a manner as to be totally dependent upon that lord. So, when we speak of Jesus Who is King of kings and Lord of lords, we are referring to the only being in existence Who is able to be completely protect you from all evil and provide every need and heart’s desire. And He does so because of His great love for you.
Once again, take a moment to read our Text for Today. Consider the scene that is portrayed. It is a Sabbath day. Jesus is in the synagogue of Capernaum. We know Jesus was where He needed to be; He always did what pleased Father. In the synagogue were Pharisees and Herodians who were looking for a way to stop Jesus. And in the synagogue was one more key person; the man with a “withered hand.”
With that imagery in mind, consider the following. What would have happened if Jesus had been intimidated in the slightest by the religious leaders who were present? NO miracle. But then, we know that Jesus NEVER operated in any kind of fear, but always did those things that pleased Father, because He always operated in faith. Now consider this. What would have happened if the man with the withered hand had not obeyed the command of the Lord to “stand forth,” and then, moments later, “stretch forth thine hand”? Once again, NO miracle. You see, obedience is required for faith to work, and it was faith that made the man whole.
With that in mind, allow me to address two terms; “right time,” and “right place.” When is the “right time?” “NOW!” Always remember, “Now, faith is.” Faith is NOT tomorrow, nor is it yesterday. It is ALWAYS NOW! I often hear people say God will heal them in His time. This is spiritual error. Jesus took care of that 2,000 years ago. Health belongs to every believer NOW! And what about the “right place.” It is that place where you choose to obey God with a willing and loving heart, for it is the “willing and obedient” who will eat the “good of the land.” And of the “good of the land,” prosperity and healing are at the top of the list for His children. When the man with the withered hand chose to obey the Lord, regardless of the kinds of pressure that may have been against him, he set the time and place for the work to happen.
Manna for Today – Mark 3:1-5; 1 John 5:3; Hebrews 11:1 & 6; Galatians 5:6; Isaiah 1:19; 3 John 2