By Arla, Jul 18 2019 01:00AM
In the temple, Jesus sees the healed man and says, "Now that you're well, see you don't go back to your old ways or something worse could happen."
The man is overjoyed at seeing Jesus again. Ignorant of the hatred or the plots of the priests against him, he eagerly gives him credit and directs the church leaders to him.
The Pharisees want to publicly discredit Jesus and break his popularity because the people crave his picture of God as a loving Father; it heals their wounded hearts and oppressed spirits. If the leaders hadn't opposed him, he would have worked an incredible transformation of their whole religious system.
Far from being a delight, Sabbath had become heavy with rules. The penalty for Sabbath breaking would have been enough to put Jesus to death had the Sanhedrin been independent of Rome. But because they were subject to Roman rule, and this charge wouldn't stand in their courts, they couldn't execute him.
So they arraigned him, instigated and fueled by another council: the dark side. Since Satan's wilderness defeat, all of his forces were concentrated on opposing Jesus' influence.
How ironic that religious leaders were used to accomplish the schemes of the powers of darkness, becoming weapons in the war on the side against God.
Jesus chose to heal on the Sabbath saying, "pick up your bed..." to bring up the question of Sabbath keeping, and free it from the restrictions that had cursed it. God does not desire suffering, and relieving it on any day is in harmony with God's law.