Because it Looks Like He’s in Trouble
Most of us have heard of some of the strange and odd laws that are out there. Like for example, crazy law #14 of the 20 Most Stupid Laws in the U.S.
In New York, “It is illegal for a group of people to wear masks in public”. I wonder how that’s currently working out?
Here are a few of the 50 Dumb Laws from Across the United States. In Alaska, flamingos are not allowed in barber shops. A pickle is not a pickle in Connecticut unless it bounces. Christmas decorations are not allowed up after January 14th in Maine.
Most of these laws made their way onto the books because of some specific situation and/or understandable reason at the time. The problem is that we tend to get caught up in the rules and regulations and lose sight of what the underlying reason was.
Laws have been a problem since the beginning of time.
In Luke 6:6-11 Jesus was teaching on a Sabbath and a man with a crippled hand was there. The Pharisees and teachers of the law were watching Jesus to see what He would do.
Jesus knew they were watching and asked the man to stand up. He asked the question, “On the Sabbath should we do good or evil? Should we save life or destroy it?”
Jesus knew it was better to heal than to hurt.
He asked the man to hold out his hand and it became well.
The teachers and Pharisees were furious and started asking each other,
“What are we going to do about Jesus? He had crossed the church leaders and now…
It looks like Jesus is in trouble.
These church leaders had gotten caught up in the law. They were missing the reasons behind them. What started as a good they had made bad.
The wrong focus by the leaders of the church made Jesus angry.
Too often, we think of Jesus as only soft and weak. He is also strong and powerful. He is, after all God. The Bible is full of examples of God getting angry with us for doing the wrong things.
If you don’t think Jesus gets angry just look at what he did to the people in the temple who were cheating. John 2:14-15 The GREED of the people in the temple and the SUPERIORITY of the church leaders are just a couple of things that make Him angry.
Other things that make Him angry are – HYPOCRASY, HARD HEARTEDNESS, SPIRITUAL PRIDE and LUKEWARM LIVING.
These things should make us angry too.
We need to put our focus on the right things. The things that Jesus focuses on.
It’s okay to get into trouble when we’re doing it the way Jesus does.