The Least Judgmental Person Ever

Today we’re going to read one of the stories of Jesus and how radically welcoming he was. When he heals this man, he doesn’t ask for the reasons why he was injured in the first place, he places no blame on the man, and he publicly invites those who would condemn the man to embrace him instead. You can see how well that goes!

As you read it, think about Jesus being the least judgmental human ever. Read over the passage a couple of times. What stands out to you today from this passage? Hold that up to Jesus in prayer and allow him to further clarity what he’s saying to you.

Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2 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.”

Then 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.

He 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.
- Mark 3:1-6