Grow Through The Gospels - Mark 2

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

June 30, 2024

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Grow Through The Gospels - Mark 2

Read: Mark 2

Mark 2:3-5 “Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’”

Think

Jesus was in Capernaum, likely at Peter’s house, surrounded by crowds eager to see, hear, and touch him. Imagine the poor and sick, desperate to experience his healing touch. Suddenly, four men carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus. Unable to get through the door, they climbed onto the roof, removed part of the thatch, and lowered their friend down to Jesus. Their faith and determination were remarkable.

Jesus didn't ask what the paralyzed man wanted; he knew his deepest need. Seeing the faith of his friends, Jesus said, "Son, your sins are forgiven." This surprised everyone, as they expected a physical healing, but Jesus offered something far greater—spiritual healing. The religious leaders were shocked and accused Jesus of blasphemy since only God could forgive sins. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, challenged them and then healed the man physically, proving his divine authority.

This story isn’t just about a miracle; it’s about the transformative power of Jesus. He meets us where we are, in the middle of our daily lives, and offers us forgiveness and healing. Just as he did for the paralyzed man, Jesus addresses our deepest needs, often surprising us with his grace. He calls us to respond with faith, trusting in his power to transform our lives.

Jesus’ miracles reveal his identity as the Son of God and his message of salvation. They compel us to reflect on our response to him. Are we like the religious leaders, skeptical and resistant, or like the paralyzed man and his friends, full of faith and open to his transformative power? Let’s allow Jesus to enter our lives, forgive our sins, and heal our hearts, just as he did in Capernaum.

Apply

Be open to Jesus' call in your life. Whether it's through daily routines or unexpected moments, listen for his voice and respond with obedience and trust. Know that he can use you, just as you are, for his purposes.

Pray

Heavenly Father, I am in awe of your forgiveness and how you desire to use me. Help me to recognize your voice and respond with faith and obedience. Surround me with a community of believers who will support and encourage me on this journey of faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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