Faith can help your friends!
Scripture reading for October 15th: Mark 1-3
Mark’s Gospel is concise and alive with the Good News of God with us and in love with us! Mark proclaimed Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Son of Man! Mark wasted little time with preliminaries of the Jewish history of the Christ and prophesies of His birth. He told the story of Jesus living among His people and loving and serving them by teaching, healing, and casting out devils. Jesus’ stories that revealed the kingdom of heaven and their own need for a relationship with the Father.
Crowds gathered wherever Jesus went. He returned to Capernaum where he had done miracles and a crowd quickly gathered around a house where He was teaching. A group of men brought a friend who was paralyzed to Jesus for healing. Because of the crowd, there was no way to get him inside, so they carried him up on the roof. They opened a hole big enough to let the man down and lowered him into the room.
When Jesus saw the faith of the friends, He immediately responded to the man by saying: “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:5) This caused some religious leaders who were present to begin to question this statement. After all, only God could forgive sins! (Mark 2:7)
Jesus knew their thoughts and sought to help them believe. He asked them which was easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven” or “Get up, take up your bed and walk”? In order to remove their objection, he told the man to get up, take up his bed, and walk. The man got up, amazing the crowd and inspiring faith!
This story should motivate us to seek Jesus for answers to whatever problems we face. Jesus honors faith and those who press through to Him for their needs! Believing friends can also be a great blessing by taking the hurting to Jesus. What friend do you know that may need your help today to get to Jesus? Take a few minutes of your day to pray for him. As the Lord leads, get another friend or two and go and lift him to Jesus together! Miracles are waiting for those who break through!