|Paralytic Lowered Through Roof|
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Jesus Works Each Person's Miracle by Bill Hunt
Jesus will Answer Your Personal Needs.
(Art by James Tissot, 1886-96)
Following Jesus, watching him work miracles was a fabulous experience. First, we walked the dusty roads to Capernaum. On the Sabbath, Jesus went right to the synagogue and rose to teach.
“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?” a man screamed out. Such a screaming demon will alarm you, and we all gasped.
“Be still. Come out of him.”
Jesus looked at him and ordered silence. The man fell to the floor shaking. When he quieted down, Jesus raised him to his feet, the man now sound of mind and body.
At the home of Simon and Andrew, Simon's mother-in-law lay sick. Jesus stepped to her bed, took her hand and raised her up. That's all he did. I didn't hear a word. Everyone in the house watched him.
Later, on the road, as we walked from village to village, a poor pitiful man with leprosy begged him on his knees. The man looked awful and smelled worse. He begged more.
“If you are willing, you can make me whole.” Needless to say, no one seemed interested in him, except Jesus.
“I am willing, be clean,” said Jesus.
The man instantly looked clean as if someone had bathed him. There was no smell, just a sweet fragrance in the air.
Now the next event I found amazing. The roof of this house in Capernaum seemed to cave in. Men tore it off. Pieces fell to the floor. People inside backed against the walls. Four men lowered a paralytic through the roof down into the house.
“Son, your sins are forgiven,” Jesus said.
The Rabbis grew huffy. Jesus turned to them, “Which is easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven', or 'Take up your mat and walk'?”
“Get up, take up your mat, and go home!” he told the paralytic. The paralytic stood up and walked out with his friends! Everyone saw it.
In the town square, Jesus invited the local tax collector to follow him. Later, eating at the home of this new follower, Levi, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have come to call not the good, but the sinners.”
In these first few days, one thing grew apparent to me. Jesus related to each person in a personal way. He always did. You'd find the same thing. Jesus is the answer to your needs. It's like he knows every one. Turn to him. You'll see.
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28, NKJV).
(Scriptures and story adapted from Mark, Chapters 1 & 2.)
– Bill Hunt
Prayer Request:A young mother, Shamim Bibi, (2-28-12 Pakistan) has been ripped from her baby and imprisoned under penalty of death for her Christian Faith. Also, Asia Bibi (6-19-09 Pakistan) mother of five children; Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, (10-2009 Iran) father of two sons. Nations guilty of violations against most basic human rights. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Freedom." Actively Pray for these and the Persecuted World-Wide.