"STRETCH FORTH THINE HAND"
I. "AND THEY WATCHED HIM."
A. The keen insight His enemies had of Christ.
1. Even keener sometimes than His own disciples.
2. They knew that Christ would be interested in a man with a withered hand.
a. He is always interested in the most needy person in the room.
b. Sometimes weighted down by our needs we feel surely the Lord is not interested in me.
1. I can understand His interest in the Godly saintly throng.
3. They knew that Christ could never stand in the presence of a blighted life without seeking to do something about it.
B. It was the Sabbath day.
1. According to their traditions, it was unlawful to heal on the Sabbath day.
a. How blinding and stultifying traditions can be.
b. How often they seek to hinder the work of God.
2. Jesus challenged their traditions.
a. Is it lawful to do evil or good?
1. Never lawful to do evil.
2. To have capacity to help and not to exercise it would be evil.
b. To save a life or kill?
1. Never lawful to kill
3. "He looked on them with anger."
a. This is a rare emotion for Christ.
b. It is never said of Him concerning a sinner.
c. Only of those who are so bound by tradition that they would hinder God's work on this poor blighted soul.
d. We must all seriously ask, "Am I hindering the work God wants to do by my traditions?"
II. JESUS SAID, "STAND FORTH."
A. He is willing to squarely face the issues.
1. He will challenge their traditions.
2. He does not leave them long to wonder what He will do.
III. "STRETCH FORTH THY HAND."
A. Notice this was an impossible command.
1. At this point, the man has one of two options:
a. Argue with the command.
b. Give all the reasons why he can't.
c. Or obey the command.
2. At this point, let us imagine that you were in the synagogue that Sabbath morning.
B. He found that when he chose to obey, all that was necessary was given to him in that moment.
C. Jesus tonight wishes to face that withered area in your life.
1. That ugly thing that has defeated you.
2. Stretch forth your hand.
The Holy Spirit will give to you all that you need to be free and to be victorious.