Scriptures: Luke 5:17-26
As we wrap up our time together, we are going to take one last look at the infamous friend group from Luke 5 and how we can use the community and faith they demonstrated as a foundation for our own Christ-centered community.
“On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “‘Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone? When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, ‘Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say “‘Your sins are forgiven you’, or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”- he said to the man who was paralyzed- “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today” (Luke 5:17-26, ESV).
Whenever we were looking at this passage yesterday, our main focus was on the belief and faith that these men demonstrated. Today, I want to expand on a thought that goes hand in hand with their belief. Because of their faith, they brought the paralyzed man before Jesus.
So often whenever we are alone, it is easy to become paralyzed. Paralyzed in our fear. Paralyzed in our brokenness. Paralyzed in our doubts. Paralyzed in our weaknesses.
But in the presence of Jesus, fear has to leave, broken hearts are healed, doubts become faith, and God pours out grace sufficient in our weaknesses. And we are filled with awe, also saying we have seen extraordinary things today.
Does your community bring you into the presence of Jesus? Do you lift people up before the foot of the cross? Biblical community draws us closer to God as we experience God through others. We are indeed, better together.
Thank you, God, that you invite me in to community with you. Thank you that you have made a way for me to have a restored relationship with you forever. I thank you that you give us community to experience you deeper with., that we might in turn also have deeper relationship with you. I pray that you surround me with brothers and sisters in Christ who can help me know you more.