Shocking Faith – New Testament Thursday
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, `Get up, take your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
-Mark 2: 1-12
I read this passage this week at the three Pre-school chapels. It shocks the kids to hear about people going on the roof and cutting a whole in the roof to lower their friend in the house to see Jesus. I am sure it shocked the owners of the house and I bet they were sitting right next to Jesus. I am sure it also shocked the man who could not walk that his friends would do this to get him to Jesus. What Jesus saw was their faith. Their actions spoke about the faith they had in the power of Jesus (he can make their friend walk) , and the goodness of Jesus, (he is more concerned about this mans health than he is about a hole in the roof). I love their shocking faith and I ask myself how can I live with a faith that speaks to others in such a powerful way?