January 30, 2018

Mark 2:1–5 (NLT) — 1 When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. 2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

This past Sunday I was preaching a message on giving up the bad habit of quitting too soon. I was referring basically to trusting God’s word on healing and hanging in there until you received that healing. I used Proverbs 4:20-22 as my main text where Solomon says that we should find God’s word on healing, not lose sight of it, let it penetrate deep within our hearts and that healing word would bring life to those who find them and healing to their whole body.

Well I wonder what my reaction would have been if all of a sudden the roof above me would have been torn open and a paralyzed guy on a mat lowered down in front of me. Knowing myself I probably would have laughed at this humorous plan of God. I would have taken this as a sign that God was going to heal this guy and I would have laid my hands on him and said, “Jesus Christ heals you.”

I don’t know if Jesus laughed when this guy was lowered in front of him but we do know that the first words out of his mouth weren’t, “Be healed.” No, his first words were, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” The guy was probably thinking, “Jesus you got it all wrong, my problem is that I am paralyzed.”

Jesus knows that this guy has a much bigger problem than his physical condition. The problem wasn’t his suffering, the problem was his sin.

Pastor Timothy Keller says, “When the Bible talks about sin it is not just referring to the bad things we do. It is ignoring God in the world he has made. It is rebelling against him by living without reference to him. It’s saying, I will decide exactly how I live my life.”

The paralyzed guy thought that his main problem was his health but Jesus knew better. Healing him would have been a short term fix. Having his sins forgiven was an eternal solution. In our world we spend a lot of money trying to be pain free, trying to find contentment, joy, happiness and peace because we think that this is what we need. But these are only short term fixes. The pain keeps coming back and the contentment, joy, pleasure, happiness and peace don’t last. We are like junkies coming back for our daily fix.

What we really need is Jesus who can fix all things starting with forgiving our sins.

John 14:6 (NLT) — 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

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