Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 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 NIV
Jesus was human. He had emotions. Herein we see that our Savior was both angry and deeply distressed. He was angered at the thoughts of those who were trying to trap Him for doing good on the Sabbath. He was deeply distressed with the stubbornness of the hearts of those people. He knew that there was nothing He could do to save them from eternal condemnation if their hearts remained stubborn. He loved all people and wanted them all to be saved, yet knew they needed to make a decision on their part to have a change of heart. He knew though that many would not do so. Thus He truly was deeply distressed. God does not wish that any should perish. The choice belongs to each of us.
Jesus tried to reason with these people by asking if one should do good or evil on the Sabbath, save or kill. This did nothing to alter thoughts though, as these hard-hearted people just remained silent and waited for Jesus’ next move.
Jesus healed the man with the shriveled hand, and the hard-hearted ones began speaking about how to kill Jesus.
May our hearts never be hardened to that which Jesus speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. Let us always be vessels for the Lord.