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02/16/2012

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Making A Connection


"When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. And they came*, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. And Jesus seeing their faith said* to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?" Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said* to them, "Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? "Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven'; or to say, 'Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk'? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"—He said* to the paralytic, "I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home." And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this." (Mark 2:1-12)

In this short discourse involving His early ministry, a paralyzed man was brought to Jesus. There was an overflow audience that in today's jargon might be termed SRO. The man's friend's showed ingenuity and pluck by lowering the man through the roof to Jesus. This may be a classic encounter between a man who had nothing to lose or live for, with the source of eternal life. We might even find some symbolism here with the men carrying the paralytic representing the church. As the story unfolds we find that the man's true paralysis was sin, which Jesus forgave. Is religion going to help this man? Has he been brought to the right place? It is our mission to be like the man's friends. They brought their friend to Jesus, who could forgive him of his sins. Jesus also had the power to change his life physically. "But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins.....He said to the paralytic, 'I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.' He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all." (Vs 10-12). Jesus has laid the responsibility of bringing people to Him in the hands of His believers. It is up to Christians to make a connection with others. Maybe it will be in the form of a kind word or deed. Perhaps it will happen when all around us are in a panic and Jesus' peace and comfort is displayed in our serenity. We can show that there is a better way to face the problems of life. We have the one who can forgive sins in our lives and if we allow Him, He will call the shots. Only people can bring people to Jesus, and only people can help them to find a true home...Lets make that connection.....

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

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