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John 5:10-11 So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’”
When the Jews chastised the man for breaking the sabbath by carrying his mat, they followed deep-seated rules of Mosaic law prohibiting work of all kinds. But life intervenes for them and us. What if, as we leave for church, our neighbor falls? Or our child develops a fever? The list is endless. Do we choose to follow the letter of the law or reach out and help?
Jesus, who healed the man, had a simple answer: “My Father is still working, and I also am working.” The work of loving is the one rule that supersedes all others. It is the rule that heals us. May Christ give us the courage to take up our mats and walk in his footsteps.
MOVING FORWARD: Have you ever had to choose between following the law or caring for another? What did you decide?