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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 210/260: The Paralyzed Man’s Friends

Read Luke 5:17-26; Mark 2:1-12

Can Jesus See Your Faith?

After calling the fishermen to follow Him, Jesus began displaying the power of God through signs of healing. Peter’s mother-in-law was healed; He cast demons out of several individuals; even a leper was cleansed of his wretched disease. The report of His deeds spread rapidly, and He was soon surrounded by those who wanted to hear what He had to say and watch what He could do.

In Capernaum, such a large crowd gathered in a house where Jesus was teaching that “there was no longer room to receive (the crowd), not even near the door” (Mark 2:2). Four men carried a paralyzed friend on a bed to the house, desperate to request Jesus’ help to heal his condition, but they couldn’t make their way through the throng.

What did they do? Did they give up? Did they think, “Well, we tried, but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be”? No! They were focused on getting in to see this Man who could do miraculous things, confident that He could cure their friend. In his seminal work The Four-Fold Gospel, J.W. McGarvey remarked, “To these four who sought Jesus it seemed a case of now or never. If they waited till another season, Jesus might withdraw himself again for ‘some days,’ or the palsied man might die. ‘Now’ is always the day of salvation.”

The men climbed up on the roof, took it apart—which was no easy task—and lowered the paralyzed man down to where Jesus was inside the house. The inspired record then says, “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you’” (Mark 2:5). Did you notice that? Jesus saw their faith. How? By their actions.

Isn’t this what James says? “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” (James 2:14). The obvious answer is negative. Saying that you believe something without acting upon that belief cannot save you!

The concept of “faith only salvation” is not a “wholesome doctrine” as many denominations teach. Rather, it is a doctrine full of some holes! “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26). Can Jesus see your faith?

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 70/260: Read Mark 2

Do you realize how much you need Jesus?

I cannot do it on my own. I cannot be good enough to get into heaven on my own merits. I cannot be strong enough to resist temptation. I need God.

It is through the cleansing blood of Jesus that covers my sins that gives me hope for eternal life. It is through the knowledge and application of the Spirit-inspired Word that I can escape Satan’s enticements.

I need Jesus, and He left heaven, walked among His creation, and died on the cross because I need Him. That’s how much He loves me.

He came, not because I’m good enough, but because I’m not and never could be. He is the Great Physician who came to heal spiritual sickness.

The Great Physician now is near,
The sympathizing Jesus;
He speaks the drooping heart to cheer,
Oh, hear the voice of Jesus!

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

Mark 2:17. When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Pray

Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the great sacrifice Jesus made when He left heaven for you. Pray for patience and compassion with those who have not yet realized their need for the Lord.

Jesus Heals a Paralytic Man

Have you ever wanted to meet someone so badly that you were willing to do just about anything to meet them? When Jesus walked the earth, people traveled from great distances and fought enormous crowds to get close to the Savior. Some—such as the paralytic man in Mark 2—put even more effort into it.

There are several things that we can learn from this incident. First, we learn that Christ “preached the word to them” (Mark 2:2). Jesus was compassionate and healed many people, but that was not His main purpose here. His primary goal was to teach truth. Likewise, we can do all the good deeds in the world, but if we’re not teaching people about God’s love and His grace and our response to that, and trying to lead others to Him, we’re not doing enough.

Another valuable lesson here is the importance of friendship. Friends help each other achieve their goals, no matter what obstacles are placed before them. They came to this house and there was a tremendous crowd, but they were determined to get the paralytic man before the Lord. They uncovered a portion of the roof and lowered their friend down to be near the Lord.

A third important lesson is the power and authority of the Son of God. Jesus upset the scribes when He told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” The reasoned, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

James Burton Coffman writes, “The declaration of Jesus had profound implications: (1) it was an assertion of his deity…(2) It was an indication that he had read the hearts…and that he had determined the spiritual attitude of the man to have been fully consistent with the reward bestowed. (3) It proved that Jesus understood the man’s greater need as forgiveness, and so that was given first.”

The people who witnessed this miracle glorified God. Likewise, we should recognize the good things that happen today and give praise to God.