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Jesus heals a lame man, claims to be the son of God (and the Son of Man), explains the Sabbath to the Pharisees and even heals on the Sabbath: John 5:1–47; Mark 2:23–28; Matthew 12:1–8; Luke 6:1–5; Mark 3:1–6; Matthew 12:9–14; Luke 6:6–11; Matthew 12:15–21

This is the scene: a man has been sick for 38 years, then he’s healed. He’s no longer confined to bed, but he can walk without help.

John 5:8-9 Jesus told him, ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!’ Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking!

What’s a normal reaction? Great! Fantastic! Praise God! Amazing!

That man would have had to have been delighted at being well again.

What’s the reaction of the fun police (aka the rulers of the day)?

John 5:10You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!

As Jesus had said before, love is better than sacrifice, even on the Sabbath.

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