Mark 3:1-6 (CEB)
Healing on the Sabbath
Jesus returned to the synagogue. A man with a withered hand was there. Wanting to bring charges against Jesus, they were watching Jesus closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Step up where people can see you.” Then he said to them, “Is it legal on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they said nothing. Looking around at them with anger, deeply grieved at their unyielding hearts, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he did, and his hand was made healthy. At that, the Pharisees got together with the supporters of Herod to plan how to destroy Jesus.
Last week I posted something about Jesus laughing – and someone responded on facebook with the picture of “Laughing Jesus.” That picture often shows up and people remark that you don’t often see pictures of Jesus laughing in church. That may be true – but I have come across that picture of Jesus laughing many, many times in churches now – maybe because it is pretty much the only one. It is certainly more common in churches than that picture of Angry Jesus (above) – though it is not as dramatic as kalashnikov Jesus! 🙂
(actually – type “Jesus with gun” into Google images – and there are dozens of options!)