Through The Faith of 'OTHERS'

29 May 2011

"And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee."-Luke 5:17-20

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Through The Faith of 'OTHERS'

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Jesus healed His people in many ways. Sometimes He would just speak some words, and the person would be healed. At other times, He would touch the sinner, and the problem would immediately depart from the helpless victim. We find lepers, begging for an audience with Christ; and a woman, pressing through a crowd with a hope in her heart that she might just touch Him. Here we find a great lesson for us all. A helpless sinner is healed, not by his own seeking, but through the faith of his friends. Perhaps we can learn a lesson from this notable miracle, and help one of our loved ones who has fallen prey to Satan.

The disease state always tells us a lot about the true meaning of the miracle. Palsy suggests that the man was not in control of his limbs. It can even affect the speech. He was unable to seek the Savior out, being bound to his bed. Very possibly, he was so affected by the imparity that he really didn't realize the gravity of is sickness. Sin paralyzes, numbs and blinds. We do not read that he asked anyone to take him to Jesus.

Here is a man that we all know. His sin has rendered him helpless, hopeless, speechless. It has removed him from the circle of family and friends. He has been involved in it so long that he has come to accept it. Yet, it is an affliction that he loathes. He can't help himself. He doesn't know how to help himself. He doesn't believe that there is help. So he lays on his bed, and rots away. Surely, this is a picture of many sins. Yet, there is a familiar enemy, the germ of our problem. It is Satan.

Satan is like a lion who hunts the Zebra. He rushes into the herd and drives one off to itself, and then destroys it. He is a coward. He will not fight the whole herd. He can not hurt God, so he gets his pleasure in hurting the elect. So he singles them out because he is a coward and slowly devours them.

So we have a helpless man, with a sin that is greater than he is, who is dying by the hour...alone. But there is something good in his life. He has people who love him. Though he will not ask or seek, others will. His helpers represent his family, his friends, or his church family. These are people who care enough to use their own time and energy to go to him, and help him. The armed forces have a motto that says they will never leave a fallen soldier. We would do well to adopt this motto. Prayer is a part of this. Prayer prepares the heart for service. Though prayer has great power, some will never be delivered unless we are willing to use our personal time and energy and go to the victim. There is more than prayer. If Jesus had stayed in heaven and prayed for us we would still be in our sins... lost forever. But He came to our rescue...personally! This they did for this man.

This rescue took great effort and faith on the part of his friends. They believed that Jesus could, and would heal. They not only carried him on a bed all the way to Jesus, but they lifted him up to the rooftop, found some rope, and let him down though the tiles in the roof. What effort are you putting forth to help others? Is there someone in your family, a friend, or a church member that needs to be carried to Jesus? I do not want to be critical, but some think that going to church and hearing a message is the summit of Christianity. We are thankful that Jesus didn't think that way.

This story tells us that our faith is powerful. Powerful enough to rescue others who have been wounded, bound by Satan. You see, faith is more than believing something. Faith takes what we believe, and acts upon it. Our faith is dead if we do not put it into action.

I believe we are in a great battle today. It seems that Satan is working overtime to destroy families, marriages, and individuals. As a church family I encourage you to consider this miracle. Seek out others that you may minister to. Yes, use some of your personal time. By your faith, others can be healed. As your pastor, I want to help you, and your family. If you need personal or family counsel please let me know. I may not have all the answers, but with your help, perhaps we can lower our friends down with a rope before One who does. -NMP