Mark 2:1-12 • Pastor Chris Liu
In Mark 2:1-12, we see 4 friends go out of their way to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus. Since they couldn’t get into the house that Jesus was at because it was too full of people, they went up onto the roof, made a hole, and lowered their paralyzed friend down to Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith in Him, He told the paralyzed man that his sins were forgiven. These friends and the paralyzed man were expecting Jesus to physically heal him, but Jesus gave him something greater. He saved forgave his sins and saved his soul.
Some scribes were present and questioned how Jesus could forgive someone’s sin. To them, only God could forgive sins, so in a sense, Jesus was claiming to be God. That was blasphemous to them. But, Jesus proved that He has authority to forgive sins by physically healing this paralyzed man as well. He did what the scribes thought was more difficult (healing a paralyzed man) and showed that He has power and authority to heal and to forgive.
There are two things I wanted us to learn from this passage. First, Jesus is more than a miracle worker. While Jesus does do some pretty amazing miracles and heals people physically, His ministry was about calling people to repent and believe that He is the Messiah. It is important for us to see Jesus as our Savior and not just a miracle worker because it changes how we perceive Him.
If Jesus is just a miracle worker, than we only call on Him when we need help. He becomes our personal genie and our servant. But, if we see Jesus as our Messiah and Savior, then the opposite is true. We serve God, not the other way around. Our lives belong to Him. We live our lives for God and will strive to do what He desires us to do.
The second thing I wanted us to learn is to have the same heart as these four friends had. Although they only saw Jesus as a miracle worker, they went above and beyond to make sure their friend met Jesus. They only had a partial view of Jesus, but had faith in Him. We, have a more full view of Jesus, and so we should do the same is going above and beyond to bring others to Christ. We have people in our lives that don’t yet know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. What are we doing to make sure we bring them to Him. Let’s have boldness and not give up in sharing the Good News of God’s love with them.