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Do We Stand Amazed

DO WE STAND AMAZED?                      –           Mark 2: 1-12

This story found here in the first 12 verses of Mark 2 is, to me, one of the most amazing stories found in the N.T.

As this story begins Jesus is back in Capernaum…and after several days word has gotten out that He is there.

And apparently the people are really fascinated with what He is saying because all these people are crowded around to the point that “there is no more room” in the house…not even near the door.”

But those men understand how important it is to get to Christ so, these men, who are carrying the paralytic man, go up on the roof and start digging through the roof.

Now, I want you to notice verse 5 because there is something here that we need to learn and understand. Look what verse 5 says:

And Jesus seeing their faith…”

 What this statement says is that “faith” will manifest itself in some way.

People have such a wrong concept of what faith is…or what believing is.

Faith isn’t action-less.

Faith is “believing” combined with action.

Oswald Chambers who was a Scottish preacher and teacher between 1874 and 1917 made this statement. He said: “Beware of worshiping Jesus as the Son of God and professing your faith in Him as the Savior of the world, while you blaspheme Him by the complete evidence in your daily life that He is powerless to do anything in and through you.”

If you say you “believe in Jesus”…then people should be able to see it.

Now, let’s learn something else here. Notice verse 5 again. These four men lower the paralytic down in front of Jesus…and Jesus sees the man…and look what He says: “My son, your sins are forgiven.”

But even though this is not what this man wanted…it is what this man needed.

Look at Matthew 1: 21. Here an angel of the Lord is talking with Joseph about Mary and the angel says: And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.”

Now if you comprehend those descriptive terms…then you realize that sin has horrible, horrible consequences!

I know that some of the sweetest words a person could ever hear would be the words, “Get up…you are made well.”

Now, look what happens when Jesus says that. Look at vs. 6.

 They would have accepted the healing as long as Jesus had not mentioned “forgiveness of sin.”

So, look what happens in verse 8.

“Which is easier, to say to the paralytic your sins are forgiven, or to say, get up, take your pallet and walk?”

 Well, obviously it is easier to say “your sins are forgiven” because how are you going to verify that?

Now, look at verse 10…notice what Jesus says:

 “But in order that you may know…not guess…not wonder…but know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.”

What Jesus does here is He proves what they cannot see by what they can see.

So, Jesus says to this paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and walk.”

 What did Jesus prove?

“But wait a minute! I have done some pretty bad things!”

You know, these scribes were full of doubt.

Well, let me show you something…look at Col. 1: 12-14.

“…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Eph 1:7  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,

 Eph 4:32  And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

 None of these passages say, “Someday” or “Maybe.”

The Hebrew writer says in Hebrews 8: 13 that, for those who are in Christ, that God “will remember their sins no more.”

Now, back in Mark 2…look at verse 12.

12 And he rose and immediately took up the pallet and went out in the sight of all; so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

We think it is more difficult to heal a body…but the truth is…God had to give the life of His Son to heal a soul.

This paralytic came to Christ…nothing stopped Him…whatever it took…over every obstacle…at all costs…He came to Christ.