The helpless, hopeless, paralyzed and impotent sick man was carried in his couch/bed by four men who knew that Jesus Christ was there (just as you know that Jesus Christ is here tonight). They were sure if they could just get him to Jesus, the man would be healed. Since they could not enter through the door because of the crowd, they went through the roof to drop the man in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And Jesus saw their faith (as He will see your faith in action tonight). He said to the paralyzed man, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee” (Mark 2:5). He is telling you the same thing tonight because of His love and compassion that do not fail. Then He manifested His healing power to raise the man up, “I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house” (Mark 2:11). And if you are like that man, Jesus is saying the same thing to you. Arise! Sickness, infirmity, and weakness are gone, go back home with your healing and miracle. This man came weak and went back strong; sick, went back healed, paralyzed, went back whole, complete and entire. He came a sinner and went back a child of God. You will experience the same thing in Jesus Name.
POINT 1. FAITH IN THE SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST’S ABILITY
Mark 2:1-4; 1:21; 6:34
That was exactly what Christ saw in those four people and the paralytic man. They had faith in Christ’s ability to heal. “And again he entered into Capernaum” (Mark 2:1). Christ had been in Capernaum before (Mark 1:21). and taught the people. He came back, “……and he preached the word unto them” (Mark 2:2). All the crowds that came to Him, He taught and preached the word of God unto them. “And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things” (Mark 6:34). He taught them many things because faith comes by hearing. The faith to be saved, healed, delivered, sanctified, purified, empowered, and grace to go through life, come by hearing. That was why when He saw the multitudes, He knew that there was one thing to give them, the word of life, faith and of God.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Pray that the word you hear tonight will energize and increase faith in your heart, and your faith will not disappoint or fail you in Jesus Name. Why is faith so important? “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Your prayer, living, acting or doing anything cannot please Him without faith. This was what happened to those four men that carried the paralytic man, they believed in Christ’s ability from what they had heard from other people and the declaration of Christ Himself telling them that with God all things are possible. So they came to Him bringing the sick of the palsy and they found a way to bring that man before Christ. You can tell by their action, they diligently sought the Lord, not haphazardly. “And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was:” (Mark 2:4). The ‘press’ here refers to the multitudes. “When Jesus saw their faith…” (Mark 2:5). He saw their faith –
- The Action of Faith – James 2:17,20,26; Hebrews 11:7,8,24-27
He saw faith in their action – going to the roof top, removing the roof and getting the man to the presence of Christ. “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17). There must be the action to back up your faith, and that action gets you to Jesus. “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7).
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