17One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. 18Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20When Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”21The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”22Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….” He said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
Jesus SAW their faith… in order for Jesus to SEE their faith they had to be DOING something. We often stand and just watch. We seem to be ok with watching a mighty movement happen. We see these MEGA churches that God is pouring numbers into daily and sit back and say..wow that must be amazing. I don’t want to watch I want to ENCOUNTER IT!
Jesus healed Him and IMMEDIATELY he stood and WENT …When Jesus did a work in his life it didn’t say he got up and stood around watching…NO HE MOVED and begin his journey back home praising God. I thought about all the people He ran into along the way. Did he keep quiet as he scurried home as a healed man?? I think NO…
Depsite the obstacles he was persistent because he needed to see Jesus…We allow so many obstacles to stand in our way of encountering Jesus. Man made traditions which is legalism, our past, our fears you name it. For this man it was the crowd. People were standing around watching, and the Pharisees were ready for Jesus to mess up so they really had no real interest in encountering Jesus for themselves. These men were so persistent they had to get pass the crowd to just see Jesus!
There is an older song by Barlow Girl I heard last night and as it played these lyrics pierced my heart..”And I’ll stop this pretending that I can Somehow deserve what I already have “. I know so many people who are ok with how their lives are. They go to work, they go to games and attend church weekly. I don’t mean being busy or spending time with your family. I am talking all out passion for JESUS?? there is none. I looked around last night at many of our students and many of their faces looked so sad. I asked a few weeks ago if they had dreams of becoming this or that and did they truly believe God could use them in the middle of their circumstances. You would be surprised how many said no. If you think about it did Jesus really rock my world for me to sit back and watch? Do you have a burning passion, a persistent heart that drives you to encounter Jesus?… Maybe its time to MOVE!