2015-01-17 - Bringing Others to Jesus
The second chapter of the Gospel of Mark begins with the story of Jesus preaching in a house in Capernaum. As a result of Jesus' increasing popularity, the house was full of eager listeners and those wanting to be healed. Four men came carrying a paralytic on a mat. Due to the size of the crowd, they were unable to even get to the door. The four men improvised. They climbed to the roof, made a hole in it, and lowered the paralyzed man on the mat to where Jesus was preaching. Mark tells us, "When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.'" (Mark 2:5)
Notice that Jesus saw the faith of the friends. Their faith was evident in their concern for their friend, as well as in their actions, in making sure that he reached Jesus. What about us today? Is our faith evident? Do we show our love and concern for others by bringing them to Jesus? Do we share the Gospel with them? Let us follow the example of these four men, and bring others to Jesus. Try to think of someone in your life who needs to be brought to Jesus.
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.