I'm thinking mainly of the 4 friends who carried the paralytic to Jesus. What lesson/lessons should we learn from this miracle of Christ?
Mark 2:1 - 12
ESV - 1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.
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The lesson is clear: Bring people we know to Jesus and don’t let any obstacle get in the way. We bring them to Jesus to receive his salvation, because Jesus has the authority to forgive sins. We share the gospel and our personal testimony. We bring them to Jesus to be healed, because Jesus has the power to heal all sickness and disease. We pray for them, anoint them with oil, and believe that Jesus will heal them. When God places people into our lives to minister to, we don’t let any obstacles get in the way. 1. The paralyzed man was an outcast in Jewish society. Who are the outcasts that Jesus wants us to minister to? 2. It took a lot of time and effort to bring this man to Jesus. What are we willing to invest to minister to needy people? 3. These friends cared a lot about this paralyzed man because they knew him. How much of our lives will we invest in other people, so we know their needs and have compassion to minister to them? 4. The love these men shared for their friend required sacrifices on their part. Will our love for other people lead us to make sacrifices and be persistent until they get what they need from Jesus? Following Jesus is not that hard or complicated. We believe that Jesus has what every person needs. We bring people to Jesus so he can meet their needs. Which is easier to say: I believe this is true, or, I will follow this example?
The first thing that comes to my mind (based on the priority displayed by the words of Jesus Himself) is that, no matter how dire a person's physical circumstances or condition may be, the greatest need of any individual is for the reconciliation to God that comes from the forgiveness of sin, and that only faith in Christ can provide. That forgiveness would have also freed the paralyzed man himself from any guilt or blame that others might have expressed against him (or shame that he might have even imposed on himself) by viewing his affliction as a judgment from God for past or unacknowledged sin -- a benefit available down to the present day through faith in Christ. Addressing the comment in the question, our Christian love should also not just be a matter of emotion or even words, but should be expressed in action (and, if necessary, extreme action) -- and (as indicated by the friends of the paralytic) not just on our own behalf, but also in ways that are totally for the benefit of others. However (and as indicated by the paralytic's loud and joyful response to his healing), Christians should also use kindnesses done to them by others as occasions to publicly and conspicuously thank and glorify God, and to influence others for Christ.
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