Imagine you were one of the women followers of Jesus during his three-year ministry on earth. What would it be like as you heard his teachings, walked by his side, and watched his ministry?
Like many days with Jesus, we had yet another remarkable experience with him. We had gone back to his home town for him to teach God’s Word. So many gathered in a home that people were even crowded around the doors and windows outside to listen. A group of men wanted to bring their paralytic friend to Jesus to be healed. Because of the crowds, they had no way to enter. They climbed to the roof, took off the thatched covering and lowered their friend on a mat to lay before Jesus. Our Master was touched by their faith and immediately said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Most were so surprised by his words. They expected Jesus to say, “You are healed.” The Pharisees and teachers of the law were angry and said only God has the authority to forgive sins.” Jesus immediately replied by saying: “That you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . .” and then he healed the man of his paralysis. Immediately the man stood up, took his mat, and left praising God. We all began to praise God for this wonderful miracle.
Honestly, I was not surprised that Jesus told the man that his sins were forgiven. He has been teaching us that he is the Son of Man who has come to forgive us and give us eternal life. If only people would realize this.
As much as the miracles and healings performed by Jesus are incredible, I can see that the greatest work of Jesus is that he brings us forgiveness for our sins.
This effects not only our physical bodies, but our spirit for all eternity. We never had teaching like this before. I feel so privileged to learn from our Teacher.
Sister, I hope my letters are encouraging you to see that the Messiah has come and offers us forgiveness and eternal life. Like the faithful friends of the paralytic man, I hope I will be bolder and more selfless in sharing the teachings and love of our Lord with others. May I be willing to even climb a roof to bring my family and friends to the feet of Jesus.
Filled with awe and wonder,
Your Big Sister
Today’s Bible Reading: Luke 5:17-26; Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12
The crippled man in our story today had very committed friends who were full of faith. Because of their sacrificial friendship and courageous faith, this man was not only healed, but also given eternal life! How much trouble do we go through to help our friends, neighbors, and family to meet with Jesus. Personally, I know that at times, I am lazy, too timid, or lack faith to persevere in prayer, care, and sharing the gospel. If it is inconvenient, expensive, or uncomfortable, I can find myself rationalizing why I won’t reach out to those in need.
Ask the Lord if there is anyone whom He wants you to step out of your comfort zone and go the extra mile to pray for, care for, and share the love of Jesus Christ. Then obediently take steps towards helping those He puts on your heart.