It’s the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point! That is how Malcolm Gladwell defined the tipping point. Take up they bed and walk were such simple words spoken by Jesus; words that brought healing; they made a lame man whole again. Yet, back in John chapter five these words and the healing of the lame man by Jesus seem to be the tipping point, the moment of critical mass, the boiling point for the Jews and their relationship with Jesus.
It was on a Sabbath, and Jesus told the lame man at the pool of Bethsaida to pick up his bed and walk. The man was healed by Jesus, and John 5:16 says For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. Now over six months later in John chapter seven, Jesus was at the feast of the Tabernacles teaching when the Jews and the common people gathered around to hear His teaching. They were absolutely mesmerized and floored by the teaching and authority of Jesus. Then He asked the Jews, why do you seek to kill me? The common people not knowing the intentions of the Jews, yelled out, you are demon possessed! Who is seeking to kill you?
Oh some are so quick to pass judgment on another without knowing the full story or understanding what is really going on. Proverbs 18:13 says, He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him. The common people were a folly and a shame for they knew not the intentions and desires of the Jews. They were way too quick to pass judgment upon another – not to mention their Messiah!
Yet Jesus didn’t respond to the misguided response of the common people, rather he talked to the Jews, the religious leaders of the day. He pointed out the hypocrisy of their judgment and their actions. They wanted to kill Jesus for healing the man at the pool of Bethsaida, yet they were unrelenting and determined to circumcise a boy on the eighth day – even if it fell upon the Sabbath. In Leviticus 12:3 And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. Apparently in this situation the Jews over looked the law, “To do no work on the Sabbath” and thought it was more important to circumcise the child on the eighth day even if it fell on the Sabbath.
Yet, Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath and the Jews wanted Him dead for violating the Sabbath. Oh the hypocrisy of the Jews. They were up to their ears in hypocrisy, yet they were blinded to the fact. One commentator suggested they could mutilate, they could cut away, they could circumcise a small boy, yet Jesus couldn’t heal a grown man. There is something wrong with that picture!
Jesus exposed the fallacy of their thinking. He revealed the shallowness of the judgment. He caught them in their hypocrisy. So He told them, do not judge by appearance, but rather make righteous judgments. Don’t try to pretend to be something you are not! Don’t try to be holier than thou! Don’t preach one thing and then do the exact opposite. Don’t condemn others for the very thing you are doing. Make sure your walk equals your talk. Don’t be so quick to jump to conclusions. Get the full story before any decision is made. Make righteous judgments. Make fair and impartial judgments. Make fair and impartial discernments. Make fair and impartial decisions. Don’t condemn and destroy; but rather discern good from evil and right from wrong, and as Galatians chapter six says, you who are spiritual restore such a one.
The man spent a whole week convincing the rest of the jury into man slaughter when the jury wanted to acquit Joseph Galliano. How often do we accuse other of sins and infractions when we too should have acquitted them? We were quick to condemn and look down upon when we should have loved and walked along side of. We should have carried another man’s burden and forgave like Christ came along our side and forgave us. Don’t judge by appearances, but rather make righteous judgments. For our judgments can be the tipping point, the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point in a failed relationship or a healthy and prosperous relationship. Make righteous judgments! Make righteous judgments!