Carry It To Jesus

May 4, 2016 758

When Jesus arrived in Capernaum, some men brought to him a paralytic lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart son; your sins are forgiven.’

Jesus met two tragic cases: a man driven mad by demon possession, and a young man suffering from paralysis.

Jesus offered to help this man because of the faith of his friends who carried him to the Master. He called this man, “son”, which probably indicates he was a young man, which makes his crippling infirmity even more tragic.

Significantly, Jesus focused not on the state of the man’s body, but on the state of his soul. He could see the paralytic was more distressed over his state of heart and the sins he had committed than over his terrible physical injury. So he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

There were five people who sang God’s praises all the way home that day: the healed paralytic and the four men whose faith had been amply rewarded.

The lesson for us is this: Is there someone you should be ‘carrying’ to Jesus by faith, someone who needs your help? The Saviour is no less willing to restore such people today; to give them the assurance that their past has been taken care of, and that they have a glorious future with him. It just needs you to introduce them to Jesus.

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