Sunday, October 02, 2011

Msg: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! - Week 2

   In today's lesson from Mark 2, we look at two very different men who meet Jesus for the first time. Maybe you've never really met Him either. Let their introductions encourage you.
   The first guy is paralyzed and is brought to Jesus by four friends. They have heard the miracles Jesus has been performing, and believe He has the power to help their friend. When they find Jesus, he is in the middle of a house full of people, listening as He preaches to them. No mention of miracles yet, just pressing in to hear what He has to say. When they can't get their friend close enough for Jesus to touch him, they climb up on the roof, make a hole in it, and lower their friend in front of Jesus. This is what everyone has been waiting for. Instead of touching the man and healing him, Jesus says something far more important, which gets to the true motives of why everyone is in the room. In this one encounter, we learn about the relationship between faith, healing, and forgiveness. It begs the question for those today that are followers of Jesus: Who are you carrying to Him?
   The other guy we look at today is very different. He doesn't have a physical ailment, in fact he probably has everything he wants. He was a tax collector, a known thief. Jesus challenges him that day to leave it all behind and follow Him. It was probably difficult for the other guys traveling around with Jesus to accept that this guy who had likely been cheating them for years could be forgiven and one of them now. Again, it's a challenge for us sometimes today to accept that God can forgive people who have done wrong to us and society.
   What will you do with the truth of God's forgiveness? It's your turn. Now, on your mark, get set, go!

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