When Jesus Steps On Your Toes Recap
When Jesus Steps on Your Toes
John 3:16 may be the most famous verse in the Bible. But in the very same breath, three verses later, Jesus says this:
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
We humans are so very prone to cover things up. Things we don’t want exposed.
Maybe they’re evil things.
Maybe they’re just embarrassing.
Maybe a bit of both.
But we’d really prefer they stay hidden in the darkness.
Mark 3 introduces us to the man with a withered hand. Not an evil thing but symbolic of all we want to keep hidden.
And Jesus’ toe-tromping words ring out: “Stand up in front of everyone!” “Stretch out your hand for all to see!”
Light has come into the world.
And shines in the dark corners.
Whoever does what is true comes to the light.
Jesus didn’t ask him to stretch out his hand so he would be embarrassed.
Jesus asked him to stretch out his hand so he would be healed.
It is our enemy who lies that things we’ll be better if they stay hidden.
Jesus says only exposed things can be healed.
What are you trying to keep hidden?
Is it truly in your best interests to keep it out of the light?
Would you take 5 minutes to consider a practical step to let light shine on your withered hand?
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