When I say that this isn’t working I’m referring to the system in which we’re immersed and this system is the one that is creating the problems we’re facing and is also corrupting what God designed to bless us.
This publication is based on the sermon [This isn’t working] by Steven Furtick and it’s part of the series “Savage Jesus” where Jesus is shown from another perspective.
This isn’t working
We’re going to analyze one of the many interactions that Jesus had and on this particular interaction we’ll learn about the system that existed at that time and we’ll find some similarities with our current time.
1 Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2 Some of them looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath.
3 Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “stand up in front of everyone.” 4 Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
— Mark 3.1-6
The first thing we should highlight on the passage is that even though you are going through a difficult situation you should not let that situation define you. In v.1 you can see that Mark defines the man as “a man with a shriveled hand” and not as “the shriveled man”.
The focus of this passage is not the man but the heart of the people around.
God wanted to fix the system and not just the situation of that man because if he fixes the man’s situation without fixing the system then later there will be many more cases like that man’s. However, if He solves the system as well as the situation of the man, then there will not be more future cases like this one.
All of us are able to notice when a system is not working but it’s much more difficult to understand the reason why it’s not working. Only God knows with certainty the reasons and that’s why in this example (v.3) Jesus does something particular to fix it.
In that system, there were 5 big problems that Jesus had to fix and we are going to see them one by one so that we can also analyze if those problems are present in our life.
Pessimism is to consider the situation before considering the source, in other words, it’s to consider the problems before considering your God who can do everything.
In the v.2 we can see that there were people who attended these meeting with a pessimistic mentality and in the same way it happens nowadays with any type of meeting.
These people attended the meetings looking for ways to attack Jesus and since one of the principles of the universe is «you will always find what you’re looking for» so that’s why they’ve found an excuse to do what they wanted to do from the beginning.
Another example in our society is that people who seek a reason to be offended will always find it even in the smallest things. That’s why there are many people who get offended easily because that’s their system.
Those people weren’t prejudiced toward the man, they were prejudice toward Jesus. Although, having a prejudice against someone is like putting yourself in the position of the judge. This is ironic because the only one who could occupy that place is Jesus himself since He is the only one free from sin and yet He doesn’t.
These people were about to witness a miracle in the life of the man with a shriveled hand, but instead of being happy to be witnesses of the miracle they decided to occupy the chair of the judge. That is, instead of looking for reasons to be happy, they looked for reasons to judge. This simple change of predisposition changed all of their perspectives.
You must know that perversion is not only sexual. This word applies when a gift is used against its intention, which is what happens in this passage with the Sabbath.
Everyone accused Jesus of doing a miracle on the Sabbath because it was supposed to be a day for rest. They ignored the great revelation there. The real Sabbath is Jesus himself because is His work that enables us to rest from ours.
The perversion occurs because the day of rest was given by God as a gift for the humanity, however, all the attendees corrupted its original intention through the dysfunctional system that they had in their hearts.
They’ve lost the correct order of priorities because they gave more importance to the Sabbath than to life.
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
— Mark 2.27
In other words, Jesus is asking us to reorganize our priorities.
For us, the Sabbath is not as important as for the Jews but the axis of the message remains the same, we just need to contextualize it in our life and an example of that can be “things were made for man and not man for things.”
What we learn from this situation about the Sabbath is that when we corrupt what was initially a gift from God then it becomes destructive to ourselves.
Religion is usually the system that corrupts these gifts of God because we must not change so that God loves us but we should change because God loved us first.
Faith is a demonstration and not an explanation, that is why Jesus asked this man to stand up in front of everyone just at that precise moment.
Procrastination will never allow you to see the glory of God because we prefer to see the miracle first and then to do something about it but that’s not what we see on the scripture. In this story, Jesus didn’t heal the man before He asked him to stretch his hand.
First, Jesus asked him to stretch his hand and then he was healed which means that we first have to do something to be able to see the miracle and that’s why I said that procrastination doesn’t allow us to see the glory of God. If you always postpone what you have to do then your miracle will never come.
Always remember this story because the man didn’t stretch his healed hand, he stretched his hand so it could be healed.
It is necessary that you detach yourself from your pride so that you can stand up in the middle of controversy, stand up in the middle of famine, stand up in the middle of weakness, stand up in the middle of depression, stand up in the middle of discouragements, stand up in the middle of failure, and I can keep going but I think you can get the idea.
When that man got up in the midst of all those people filled with prejudice and following a failed system, he had to leave behind his pride to do what Jesus asked him to do in front of everyone.
You have to open your heart, believe that Jesus is here and that everything is possible.
You’re not gonna get this blessing with your arms crossed, waiting to see if God will do it and pretending like you don’t need it.
Jesus did what he shouldn’t do so the man could do what he couldn’t do. Right there with all the critics watching and all the people who didn’t like it.
Jesus is so wise and bold that he did this miracle without touching the man so nobody could say that Jesus worked on the Sabbath. That’s why He told the man to stretch his hand.
However, as I told you before, “the one who seeks finds”, so even without motives the Pharisees met later to plot how they were going to kill Jesus.
I hope that this little story of Jesus and the man who received his miracle, have an impact on your life to remember those five points that you must eliminate from your life, both in your heart (emotional) and in your mind (mindset).
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- This Isn’t Working | Savage Jesus | Pastor Steven Furtick | [Link]