HS WEEK #13: Carried to Jesus

Youth pastor Dave Williams preaches from the Gospel according to Mark. Dave shared on the prominent rolls of people in our life who have carried us to the cross through prayer and commitment to us. Dave us challenged us to reflect on who God has placed in our life for us to be carrying to Jesus.

 

 

  • Mark 2:1-12 1And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

Five men and their faith

  • Man I am thankful that I have had friends like these.
  • Imagine if you would being that man on the stretcher. No matter how much you wished it or willed it you weren’t getting to the one that could heal you. Or even worse know matter how much you didn’t think this man could heal you your friends were taking you anyways.
  • How many of us unbeknownst to us were carried to the cross? How many of us had praying parents, grandparents, friends, and pastors that our heart would submit to the one that died for it?
  • I had a friend in this youth group who went to South. Who for years prayed that one of her classmates would come to know the Lord. Years, not days, months, but years.
  • As she prayed another classmate went to San Fran on a mission trip and his heart was soften to the Gospel and saw his South as his mission field and started reaching to his friends with the Gospel. One of his friends was the same girl that the other girl was praying for.
  • He brought her to church and I had the opportunity to re-share the Gospel and lead her to the Lord.
  • But it was her friends, her pastor, and probably others who sprinkled the Gospel Into her life.
  • That is what we see here.

 

  • 1And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 
  • Jesus was in the room, the man by himself couldn’t get there. So four men who cared for him carried him. They ripped the tile off the roof to lower him down.
  • Sure it may have been an inconvenience for them. Sure it took work, sweat, prayers, hope, and perseverance. But it was worth it.

 

  • Point #1 Guys, who are you lowering down in front of Jesus? 
  • As you come into this new year I want you to think about that. Who are those friends that you are praying for, sharing the Gospel to, living a life worthy of the calling as Paul says to the church in Ephesians?
  • Write them down. Paul tells the church of Phillipi that he thanks God in remembrance of them.
  • I have a prayer book that I write the names of those that I am praying for that don’t know the Lord. It keeps me focused on being Gospel-centered.

Sins are forgiven

  • 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
  • Look at Jesus’s response to their faith. It isn’t the immediate healing of the body but the saving of the soul.
  • Think about that for a second. Imagine the crowd there for a moment. Imagine the friends. You just dropped this guy down to get healed but instead of healing the man finds forgiveness.
  • Point #2 God’s forgiveness is more important than anything else. 
  • Where would we be had God not forgiven us for our sins?
  • Sure our live on earth might not play out any different but eternity would look a lot different.
  • The psalmist Asaph wrestled with this in Ps. 73. He says, “My feet nearly slipped when I thought of the prosperity of the wicked. . .” “Until I discerned their end. . .”
  • Jesus fully understood that he came down to this earth to forgive us of our sins not make our lives better. Because a better life down here does not secure us eternity with him: Forgiveness of sins does that.
  • So Jesus led with the Gospel. Not healing. The Gospel.
  • When I ask people why they don’t share the Gospel the main responses are this: I am waiting for the right time, I am scared what they will think about me, I have plenty of time, they wont receive it.
  • Think about Jesus, he was running out of time, he didn’t let fear drive him, he didn’t waste time, and even if they didn’t receive it he shared it anyways.
  • Look again at verse 5: 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
  • I wish verse six started with the friends asking God to forgive their sins as well but they didn’t. How sad is that. The only one in all of creation who could forgive them was standing in front of them but none of them asked. I know that in churches and youth groups all over the world today their are people that are around Jesus but never asking for salvation. Yet he shared anyways.
  • Guys, there may be some here tonight how have been in church but never accepted Christ. Accept him tonight!

Sins are forgiven

  • 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 
  • Now we are introduced to the others who were in the room that day: Scribes. If you remember from last term these were people that knew the law of the word but not the author being Christ. They weren’t there in search of physical healing or spiritual cleansing, they were searching for the one that was disrupting their lives. They didn’t like that this man was walking around and professing to be the way, truth, and life.
  • Yet, Jesus didn’t turn them away. Didn’t avoid them or change his narrative when they showed up. He preached the Gospel anyways.
  • He engaged them with the truth. It was through these discussions that at least two of them were saved: Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimethea. See the Gospel engages intellects and simple-folk. It doesn’t cower from the elite nor pass over those on the fringes. The Gospel is for anyone and everyone.
  • So Jesus engages them: Which is easier to heal a man for forgive a man?
  • What a profound question yet easy to answer. Of course it is harder to truly forgive someone from all their sins. Because unless you are God all the sins weren’t against you.
  • That would be like me punching Sean and asking Quico to forgive me. Quico’s forgiveness wouldn’t mean anything. Sure we sin all the time against our fellow man but we ultimately sin against God. Only God can deal with that.
  • That is what he is posing here. The only one that could do that was God and he was Him.
  • So to prove that he was God, not because of the man’s faith but simply to prove he was God he healed him.
  • 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
  • Look, it was immediate. We don’t have to work up to salvation we are saved the day we say yes to Christ.
  • But again this passage ends with a clear warning. It says they were glorifying God, which that word translates in to having been awestruck by something. Why: because a man was healed. Neither the scribes nor the jews that day recognized God as their savior—save the man that was healed.
  • How sad, yet Jesus preached the Good News anyways.
  • Our motivation for preaching comes from being saved ourselves. It comes by seeing the impact that salvation has on our eternity. And I have said it before but the more we appreciate that the more we are going to share.

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