This morning we looked at the two Sabbath controversy stories in Mark’s Gospel (Mk 2:23-3:6). What we saw is that Jesus continues to ‘burst the wineskins’ of Jewish expectations for their Messiah (Mk 2:18-22). As with demons, disease, forgiveness of sins, and association with sinners, Jesus continues to take every opportunity he can to proclaim his greatness and superiority to all that has come before.
That kind of a claim is either loving and kind (if true) or arrogant and insane (if untrue). The question the Pharisees faced on that fateful Sabbath is the same question we face today: Who is this man Jesus?
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