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Monday, February 20, 2017

Down and determined

Matthew 9:1-8 / Mark 2:1-12 / Luke 5:17-26…

Sometimes what Jesus is doing is not supposed to be a secret, and indeed, it can become quite a spectacle. This is when we have to give our prayers legs, and put our faith in action. Sometimes we have to be someone else’s legs in order to get them to Jesus. Even then, it may take more than one of us, and it may take extraordinary measures to bring someone close to Jesus.

Oh, be sure that there will be people who think you are just making a mockery of God and a fool of yourself. It is always that way when the “regular folks” are going hard after God. It may cause a ruckus, and it may be “out of order”, but these are the very situations where Jesus proves His authority over both sickness and sin. The religious crowd always takes umbrage, but Jesus is looking for faith, not finger pointing. In this scenario, Jesus perceives their thoughts, and He further challenges the sanctimonious scoffers by linking His healing power to His ultimate authority. He is no mere miracle worker, He is the Son of God, and not a blasphemer at all.

The crowds felt the fear of the Lord, and marveled that a man could have such power invested in them. It is always worth it to go the extra mile, and climb wherever we need to go, and take the steps someone else can’t take to get them to Jesus. That is the place where others can stand amazed and say, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

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At 7:54 AM, Blogger Even So... said...

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At 8:24 AM, Blogger MrsEvenSo... said...

Thank you Lord for salvation of our souls. Help us to go the extra mile when required.

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

Pastor JD, Thank you for feeding us!

 

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