They completely missed Him. They were so wrapped up in monitoring every move of those around them that the Pharisees failed to recognize Jesus for who He was. As I read Scripture, I realize that what they did, unfortunately I’m fully capable of doing as well. They were the educated, religious, “churched” group of their day. They knew the rules and expectations for God’s children – and they knew how to communicate and enforce those rules!
So, when Christ and His disciples showed up in their midst one Sabbath, these self-appointed police of God’s people completely missed out on the opportunity to experience Jesus because they were only concerned with critiquing every move He and His followers made. In fact, they were so entrenched in their “Sunday traditions” that Jesus actually had to demonstrate, by healing a man’s shriveled hand, that doing good and preserving life were allowable on the Sabbath. But instead of marveling at this display of power and opening their ears to hear from Him, these men “were filled with rage and began to discuss together what they could do to Jesus” (Luke 6:11).
I wonder how often I miss hearing from Jesus because I’ve concerned myself with what those around me are doing instead. How much of the pastor’s message from God have I failed to hear because I was distracted by my neighbor’s outfit, or critical of the music, or annoyed by the crying baby in the back of the sanctuary, or distracted by an irritation I had with my fellow believer, or….??? How much of Jesus have I missed because my focus was on others and not on Him? The Pharisees missed Him, how about you? –Dave
This is part of what we discussed in Confirmation yesterday, but surely appropriate for us all:)