The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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Church of Christ

04/22/2011

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"Some men came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get in to see Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus, and after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was laying on" (Mk. 2:3-4).

Have you seen any of the commercials about those "computer dating" services. I guess that you put certain information about yourself into the computer and they try to find someone who is somewhat like you. I'm not sure about all of this, (I really shun commercials for the most part) but I am pretty sure that they are trying to get people to make a connection. The story in Mark 2:1-12 is about making a connection.... A connection with Jesus. It would be a good passage to meditate upon today...I see three things in this story about the paralyzed man, his friends and Jesus about connecting. Lets look at the friends first. The house in which Jesus was speaking was so crowded that they knew they could not get in. They resorted to an extraordinary method to get their paralyzed friend to Him. If we really want to connect with people, we must take them to Jesus! Jesus entrusted the spreading of His words to us.(Matt. 28:19-20) Perhaps we can take others to Jesus through our acts of kindness, giving all the credit to the Lord. The man and his friends must have had a great amount of faith in Jesus' power if they went to all that trouble to see Him....They were serious and driven. We need to make the mission of taking people to Jesus seriously! Connecting with people about how much we believe in Jesus and His power is more than a passing phase. It ought to be ingrained in our very persona. Now here's the third and best part. Why did the men go to such extreme measures to get to Jesus? Because Jesus will never throw people away! Some in the crowd may have looked at these men as inferior in some sense, but Jesus did not! "When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic man, 'son, your sins are forgiven' " (V5). Jesus saw their deepest need and met it. He continues to see our greatest needs today and also meets them. Tomorrow is about how churches connect with people...

Have a wonderful day...Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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