Jesus’ popularity was growing. People clamored to hear his teaching and find healing. The house where they gathered was so packed that no one else could enter. Imagine the amazement when midway through Jesus’ teaching the roof was opened and a lame man was lowered through the hole to be in Jesus’ presence. Jesus healed his body and pronounced, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” Scripture makes it clear that Jesus declared the man’s sins forgiven “so that they would know that the son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Forgiving sin was something only God could do.
Imagine if the friends had looked at the crowd of people gathered to hear Jesus that day, looked at their friend, and said, “Sorry, it’s way too crowded. Maybe next time.” But the man’s friends simply wouldn’t walk away. The faith of the man’s friends and their act of bringing their friend to Jesus put the man in a position to be healed and, more importantly, be given eternal life through salvation in Jesus.
Healing most often takes place in the context of community, not isolation. Do you have friends who are struggling with anxiety, depression, or another illness? In what ways is your faith in Christ positioning them to be healed? Take time now to bring them to Christ in prayer, and express your love and support to them in some tangible way today.
Posted on Thu, November 12, 2015
by First Baptist Church