29 Jun 2014: “Our Greatest Need” (Mark 2:1-12)

 

By: Youth Pastor Lydia Ang

Our Greatest Need (Mark 2 : 1 – 12)

This morning we’d look into the account of 4 friends who carried their paralytic friend on a mat across town just so that their friend can meet with Jesus and be healed. However, when they get to the home where Jesus is preaching, they find no room at all. People are standing outside the doors and the only way to get an audience with Jesus is to tear apart a section of the roof of the house. What an example of great faith – they firmly believed that their friend would receive healing so long as he met Jesus.

And look at their determination to get someone to Jesus! We’ve much to learn from these 4 men.  After making a hole in the roof, they lowered their friend lying on the mat from the roof into the house, in front of Jesus. The Bible says, “.. when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven”. How on earth is the forgiveness of sin relevant to the obvious need of the paralyzed man?

There are many people who feel that the Gospel message of sin and the forgiveness of sins is way too disconnected to their lives and needs, and that’s why they don’t understand why Jesus had to come to pay the price for sin by dying on the cross. They consider themselves as being morally weak or having made bad life choices. “But sinful? oh no, that’s not quite me. I’m a decent person with some weaknesses that’s all”.

If one doesn’t acknowledge having a sin problem, why would he/she need forgiveness of sin?

As far as Jesus was concerned, forgiveness of sins is of higher priority than any other need in the paralytic’s life. And by the same token, forgiveness of sins is of higher priority in your life than any other need that maybe pressing you and occupying your minds.  Jesus sees our need; sadly, we often don’t even know our need for forgiveness.

Proving that He has the authority to forgive sins and to heal, Jesus tells the paralytic in Mark 2 to take up his mat and go home. And the man did just that, to the amazement of everyone.  Forgiveness is the greatest miracle Jesus performs.

Daniel 9:9  “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him”

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