2017-01-14 - Bringing Someone to Jesus
Early in His ministry, Jesus healed Simon's mother-in-law of a fever. Word of Jesus' healing spread, and soon sick people were being brought to Jesus to be healed from their illnesses. In Mark 2:1-12, we find the story of Jesus and a paraplegic man. Jesus' popularity had grown so rapidly, that the house that Jesus was visiting was so full that no one else could get into the door. Along came a paraplegic man, being carried by four of his friends. Since they couldn't get through the door, the enterprising men made a hole in the roof and lowered the paralytic down to Jesus. Mark 2:5 says, "When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son your sins are forgiven.'" (NIV) The paralyzed man was healed.
Mark says that Jesus saw "their faith." Jesus recognized the bold actions of the disabled man and his friends, as well as their actions, as an indication of their faith. By faith, the paralyzed man wanted to see Jesus. Also, by faith, the four men carried their friend to Jesus. What can we learn from these four men? Today, we are encouraged to carry people to Jesus. We can share the Good News with them, encourage them to go to church, and we can walk with them along the way.
Are you willing to help to bring someone to Jesus?
Richard Moser, Jr.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.