Emancipates Daily Souls! (N.E.E.D.S)"
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time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was
there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they
watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus
said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Stand up in front of
everyone." (Mark 3:1-3, NIV)
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. (Mark 3:4, NIV)
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. Then the Pharisees went out and
began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.” (3:5-6, NIV)
myself who are all the characters involved?
3. Synagogue attendees
myself what role each of them played?
Character 1: Man
1. A man with a shriveled hand
was in the synagogue.
2. The disabled man was
requested to stand up in front of everyone.
3. The disabled man was used as
an example to ask people a question.
4. The disabled man was
requested to stretch out his hand.
5. The disabled man obeyed and
stretched out his hand.
6. The disabled man became a
testimony to his complete healing!
Character 2: Jesus
Jesus went into the synagogue another time
after telling the Pharisees that the Son of Man is even Lord of the
Jesus saw a man with a shriveled hand.
Jesus asks the disabled man to stand up in
front of everyone.
Jesus asks those who were looking for an
opportunity to arrest Him a question:
"Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do
good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?"
“He looked around at
them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts.”
Jesus said to the man,
“Stretch out your hand.”
Jesus restored the man’s hand completely on
Character 3: Synagogue
They saw the shriveled man.
They heard Jesus question the Pharisees.
They saw Jesus heal the man with the shriveled
hand on the Sabbath.
Characters 4 & 5: Pharisees
They looked for a reason to accuse Jesus.
They were questioned by Jesus but remained
They made Jesus angry and deeply distressed
because of their stubborn hearts.
They saw Jesus heal the man with the shriveled
They plotted how they might kill Jesus.
to focus on what I can learn about the character of Jesus.
Right after Jesus had spoken to
the Pharisees regarding the Sabbath and how He is even Lord of the
Sabbath, Jesus uses the opportunity at another time to show the Sabbath
should be used for good.
Wherever Jesus is, He is very
attentive to people's needs. This is evidenced by Jesus noticing the man
with the shriveled hand when He went into the synagogue. Once Jesus
noticed a need, Jesus acted on it by asking the disabled man to stand in
front of the synagogue.
It was the Sabbath but people
had a different notion of what people could and could not do on the
Sabbath. Jesus used the man as an example to teach them all that it is
good to do good things on the Sabbath such as healing. Jesus was also
angry and deeply distressed because the Pharisees were indignant to the
needs of the people. Jesus wanted people’s needs to be taken care of.
I saw important implications for
my own life. This passage made me realize how attentive Jesus is to the
needs of people. Jesus could have walked right into the synagogue and
given His sermon or sat down but instead He notices a need and acts on
it. It is a need of a person in the synagogue. This reminded me of the
needs in the church. Jesus notices the needs of people in His church. He
will act upon them in His good timing. He notices my needs even before I
could mention them. That is so awesome to know! I am so excited and my
heart leaps into thanksgiving.
This also is a lesson for me
that I should be aware of the needs of those around me and act on them.
I ask you
now dear friend, whose needs do you meet?
Dear friend, there are so many people out there with needs. Many times
we overlook people around us but when we step foot into a place whether
it is a workplace, home life, church, synagogue, etc, there are needs
around us. We learn from Jesus how attentive He was to a person's need.
You and I should do the same and meet the needs of those around us as we
experience Jesus meeting our own needs.
The needs of people are not always physical but many times they can
be financial, emotional, spiritual, and even psychological. If we come
across those who we sense are in need of something and we are able to
help, we should take that opportunity remembering how much Jesus loves
us and meets our own needs.
It is awesome to
know that Jesus notices your needs when you are at church worshipping,
when you are at home, when you are at work, when you are at school, etc.
In His timing, He will meet those needs. Yes, He will! I know He will.
You can be a testimony to those around you as Jesus meets your needs
just as the man with the shriveled hand became a testimony to those
around Him. You can use that event in your life to be a springboard to
meet other people's needs with the help of the Lord.
One day Jesus even noticed the
need of my mommy. She had gone out with my dad (who is now in heaven
with Jesus) and when my mommy came home,
her right eye was bothering her because a some small object had gone
into her right eye and did not come out. She could not use her eyes
properly because every time she moved her right eye, there would be a
needle like pain because whatever went into the eye was pricking at the
I prayed with my mommy for
her healing and reminded the Lord what an awesome Great Physician He has
been for us and how He had brought all of us through the years of
infancy too. I knew if Jesus said the word from Heaven, “Be Healed”, my
mom's eye would be healed.
Hours went by and morning
became evening. We knew Jesus had His timing and kept praying and
believing for healing. My mom told me the words of Jesus have not
reached her eye yet but we believed Jesus could if He chose too. While
praying, I felt we should watch the 700 Club program and we did.
We prayed for Jesus' will and
the strength to bear the outcome. My mom came back shouting, “Praise the
Lord, Ramesh my eye has been healed.”
My mom had gone to take a
shower and told me she kept praying and praising the Lord through the
pain. The Lord spoke the word and my mommy’s eye was healed. This
healing means so much to me now as I have done this devotional time.
Jesus knows our needs and will
meet them in His timing. Depend on Him and do not give up. His ways are
not our ways but His ways have a reason behind them for our good.
More than anything, He notices
the condition of our soul and wants to heal us. He died to bring you and
me into His Eternal Kingdom. He shed His blood for you and me friend.
Yes, He did. He came back to life to save us, delivering us from the
virus known as sin. He has the antidote but won’t force it upon us. He
waits for us to receive the antidote for the virus known as sin.
Won’t you take it my friend?
knows we need it and offers it to us to give us new life.
May we know that He is all we
need and depend on Him forever more! Amen!
Emmanuel Emancipates Daily Souls!"(N.E.E.D.S)/"Whose needs do you
Dear Jesus, thank you so much for noticing the man with the shriveled
hand in the synagogue and healing him on the Sabbath. I thank you how
attentive you are to peoples needs including our own. Thank you for
healing my mommy. Help us Oh Lord to be attentive to the needs of people
around us as we learn from your example. Oh Lord, you know what the needs
that people are facing. You know their sorrows and their pain. Come Lord
Jesus and please intervene. I thank you Jesus that you do. You did not
bring us this far to leave us. You did not build your home in us to move
away. Thank you so much Jesus. We know your timing is not ours so help
us to keep the faith and be dependent on you. Draw us closer to you and
never let us go. Thank you for dying for our sin and coming back to life
to save us. We are sorry for our sin and ask you for your healing. Thank
you for noticing our sin and going to the cross to pay for our sin so we
can be set free. We acknowledge you as our Lord and Personal Savior.
Please be our Lord and Personal Savior Jesus. I thank you for being our
Lord and Personal Savior. Thank you Jesus you have heard our prayer and
answered us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
If you would like to invite Jesus
Christ into your heart and make Him a daily part of your life, you can
this very moment. You will never be alone. You can claim God's promises
for you in the Bible and see them come true, before your eyes, in His
wonderful timing. You don't have to wait for a special time to come to
the Lord. You can come right now as you pray this prayer, meaning it in
You can invite the GREAT PHYSICIAN right now as you make this your prayer.
thank you for healing the paralytic after forgiving his sins. You set him
free to go home. I want to be free. I don’t know
everything about you. I still have a lot of questions. What I do know is
that you died on the cross for my sins. When it comes to sin, I am a
paralytic Oh Lord. I am infected with this deadly disease known as sin.
I am not perfect but a sinner who needs your cleansing blood to clean me
of my sin everyday. I confess to you my sin and repent of my sin. I know
you have forgiven me when you died on the cross. I want to accept that
you for shedding your cleansing precious blood for me. You were nailed
to the cross because of me. It is like I actually held the hammer and
pounded the nails so I could be free. Thank you for willingly dying for
me Jesus. Thank you for taking the shame and pain for me. Thank you for
doing that to set me free. I come to the cross and ask you for your
healing in my life. Thank you for the power of your Blood to redeem
humanity. Thank you for coming back to life to save us and give us
Eternal Life as we yield to you. Your blood can heal us where we are. I
love you Jesus. Even with my questions, I come to you now and accept you
into my heart. Please Jesus come into my heart and make my heart your
home. Give me a transfusion of change. Live in me Jesus and I will live
for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. I thank you Jesus
for coming into my heart and making my heart your home. Thank you for
living in me Jesus. I acknowledge you now as my Lord and Personal
Savior. Please be the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank you for being my
Lord and Personal Savior Jesus and because of what you have done for me when
God looks at me, He now sees me covered in your blood and His judgment
passes over me. Thank you that you have heard my prayer and answered me.
Thank you for being with me Lord. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit.
Thank you Jesus I now belong to you and never need to be alone! You will
always be with me and have given me Salvation. In Your Name I Pray
Friend, if you have prayed this
prayer and meant it in your heart, you are a new creation in Christ and
all old things are passed away and everything has become new! You may
feel something or may not but don’t base it on feelings but base your
new life in Christ on the promises of our Savior who will never leave
you nor forsake you! Amen!
No matter what you feel in your heart,
know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! You are not alone! To
make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him
as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the
Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into
prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel
of John or Gospel of
Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord
show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to
help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches
the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our
crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help! But
beware of churches who do believe in the Word of God completely but
there is no freedom in Christ but legalism involved.
student, it is not too late to join a fellowship on campus too this
blessed New Year of 2008! May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His
love now and forever! Amen!
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within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)
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