People want to see Jesus
Dear Lord, Let my vision for the lost stay fresh today! May my heart and mind stay fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. Lead me to the right opportunity to share your love with the dying world around me. Help me to truly walk as a follower of Jesus Christ this day.
Read: Mark 2:3, NIV
3 "Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.”
In the context of the verse today, we are not sure of what the backdrop was like. It may have been one of haste, with people scurrying around quickly in many directions, looking for a place to sit, knowing Jesus was coming back to Capernaum. If we look back in Mark Chapter 1, Jesus had just been baptized, enlisted the first of His disciples, then proceeded to drive out evil spirits, and heal people. As He prays early one morning, he is urged to move on because word is getting around about the many miracles he is already performing. People want to see Jesus! Jesus tells his disciples in Mark 1:38 (NIV), “Let us go…so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
Jesus and His disciples arrive to a frenzy of activity in Capernaum. Jesus did not need a promotions team to go ahead of him a few days earlier to make sure there was strong attendance when He arrived. Word of His amazing miracles and deliverance had already spread like wildfire! People were eagerly anticipating His arrival, to hear His words and receive healing of their own! This was the backdrop of our story where these four men jump into action!
There wasn’t an alarm sounded. There were no sirens going off, but, these four men saw a need in another person and knew they could do something about it! Have you ever been in a place where an emergency suddenly arose? Perhaps someone started choking or a lost child burst into tears trying to find their parents? There is an overwhelming feeling of desperation. It is not a mild emotion, but a heart-pumping, anxiety-filled moment when all hope seems lost and you need to do something…which is exactly what these four men did. Their focus was not on their own needs. They may have had ailments of their own that needed healing. Perhaps they were poor and without income, but their attention was on this paralytic man. They knew Jesus was the answer…and the answer had arrived! They did not appear to take time to ask permission to go through the roof. They didn’t stop to discuss if this was a good idea or not…they were moved by the Holy Spirit to take action!
The four men in the scripture text today have an amazing parallel to today’s emergency rescue teams, like fire fighters and paramedics. They spring into action when the alarm is sounded, knowing lives are at stake. In reality, lives are at stake for eternity each day we spend on this earth. Pray and ask God to use you as a spiritual paramedic today. It might mean taking a meal to someone. God may lead you to speak to your neighbor about coming to church. Perhaps the Holy Spirit will lead you to pray for someone in the parking lot of the mall…that happened to me one day. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NIV)
Father, make us always ready to love others, with the same love that you showed us at the cross. We pray for the lost and for your purpose in our lives to seek and to save those who are lost. Be glorified in our lives today.