Of about 20 specific cases of healing recorded in the Gospels, a third took place on the Sabbath. Here is the list:
- The healing of the demoniac in the synagogue at Capernaum (Mark 1:21–28),
- The healing of the paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1–16),
- The healing of the blind man at the Pool of Siloam (John 9:1–7),
- The healing of the woman infirm for 18 years (Luke 13:10–17),
- The healing of the man with the dropsy (Luke 14:1–6).
- The healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29–31).
- The healing of the man with a withered hand (Mark 3:1-6).
The seven reported miracles of healing done on the Sabbath day were against the traditions of the religious leaders (John 5:16) but were in perfect harmony with God’s law. Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27).
The Sabbath was designed and ordained by a loving Creator for the good of humanity. God did not create man because He had a Sabbath and needed man to keep it. Rather, a loving Creator knew that man, needed time for spiritual growth and physical rest. The seventh-day Sabbath was designed by God to meet this need.
The Lord ordained that the Sabbath should be a blessing, not a burden, and it is to man’s best interest and not to his harm to keep it. Humans refrain from work that they may dedicate their time, their energies, and their thoughts to having a relationship with their heavenly Father.
The religious leaders at Jesus’ time made the Sabbath a burden by their rigid and meaningless rules. And they objected to Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath but He said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?” (Luke 6:9).
Some of the Rabbis would do for a dumb animal that which they would not do for a child of God (Matt. 12:11, 12). They will allow a man to suffer, but would save an animal from suffering—lest, financial loss result to the owner. How could they place a lower value on human life than on the life of dumb animals?
By healing on the Sabbath, Jesus taught the people by example the will of God and how the Sabbath should be kept. And he affirmed saying, “it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:12).
In His service,