I am having a bit of a read through Mark at the moment, because it is the book that we will be going through, on SMASH camp.
1 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. 3 Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Stand up in front of everyone."
4 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.
5 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. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
As I read this, verse 5 stood out to me... Jesus was trying to help the Pharisees, and show them His love, but all they wanted to do, was to accuse Jesus and see Him killed.... In verse 5, it states that Jesus was angry at them and deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts... This is where I had a bit of a think about it... Jesus was deeply distressed, all He wanted was for them was to know His father. The verse brought to my mind, the thought of Jesus on the cross, in agony and dying for us... how deeply distressed must have He been on the cross? He was dying for everyone in the world, in the present and the future... for all their sins, and all of ours.... all of the stubborn hearts. When I think of Him deeply distressed, it defiantly saddens me. It surely must hurt for Jesus to see so many of His brothers and sisters choose the wrong way, and end up rotting in hell.
I think we really need to pray for the world... those who don't know Jesus need a wake up call.