Jesus Heals a paralyzed man.
Jesus eats with the tax collectors (scum)
Jesus clarifies fasting.
Jesus clarifies what the meaning of Sabbath is.
In Mark 2:1-12 Jesus heals a paralyzed man, I love the faith and persistence of the paralyzed man. They carried him on a mat, trying to reach Jesus, but could not, so they did not give up, they climbed on the roof, with the paralyzed man, and dug a hole and lowered him down to Jesus. With their Faith so strong they knew their hard work would heal their friend. I love how Jesus just stops and says “ my child, your sins are forgiven” He doesn't question the man, he doesn't humiliate him, or punish him, He just forgives him, and wants to move on. After that happened I love how Jesus knew people were questioning his right to heal, and questioning that he is the Son of Man, he doesn't have to prove anything, but he does, and he tells the man again “ Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” The man jumped up and picked up his mat and walked out! I love how no one said anything negative about that, they were speechless.
In mark 2: 13-17 Jesus eats with tax collectors and other disreputable sinners, people were talking about Jesus and questioning why he would eat or be with them. I love his response.. “ Healthy people don't need a doctor-sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinner.” This response is so good, it really makes you think...we are all “sick” we are all sinners and we need Jesus, he came here to help us, and to show us the way to eternal life, if you do not need healing you will not go to the “doctor” for help or guidance….I think in my life, I need to look at who I am talking about Jesus too, like the phrase “ preaching to the choir” this by no means that I can not talk to my believing friends about Jesus, but I think I need to be more intentional and talk to the unsaved, be the “doctor” in their lives. I do not think I do this enough.
In Mark 2:18-22 Jesus talked about Fasting. I am not the best at this, and I need help in this area, but when Jesus was asked why his disciples do not fast like John’s disciples and the Pharisees, and Jesus response was Do wedding guest fast during a wedding? His discilples needed to celebrate him being with them at that moment, and fast once he goes.
Thank you for this passage, it was eye opening to me. Thank you for the jolt of a reminder to reach out to those who do not know you! Give me people in my path so I can do that. Lord, give me faith of the paralyzed man and his friends. Let me come to you with my problem, and know that you will heal me, and help me. Lord, let me be vulnerable with you and give you all of me. Lord, Thank you that you do forgive my sins and that I can pick up my mat and walk….Thank you for everything you have given me. In Jesus name..
Posted on Thu, July 16, 2015
by Brian Landers