“Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.”
Luke 5:18-19 NIV
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.””
Luke 5:20 NIV
This is the picture of the way the body of Christ should be. Christ honors this. Look at verse twenty: “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”” Notice carefully that Jesus saw their – the faith of the friends who brought one to him.
Why do we see even our own family members leave the church? Modern Christianity repels rather than draws people to Christ. Is the worldly too evil to hear our message or is there something wrong with the message?
The messages from most godly pulpits is usually taught to mostly believers. Occasionally, there may be some unbelievers in the congregation, but mostly believers constitute the audience.
The messages the world hears comes from Christians they know. What are some of those messages? I cannot say for sure because my scope is limited to Christians I know and their Christian messages shared on social media.
The unbeliever does not hear that Jesus loves them and wants to help them meet their goals, overcome their obstacles, and defeat all challengers. We are too busy preaching right and wrong to them. We are always declaring whose righteous and who is not. So, the unbeliever assumes our faith is in our own righteousness.
Our message or at least the message the unbelievers hear is that we are the righteous ones and they’re not. That is not the Gospel message.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NIV
The message the unbeliever needs to hear is that God loves them, Jesus can heal and set them free to be the best they are meant to be. When we are shouting things like if you’re ProChoice, you’re a baby killer or we try and talk above those pleading “my life matters” with things like every life matters, we are not exemplifying Christ’s love. The hurting see only hate.
If the hurting feel more inflicted by people of Christ, they’re not going to hear anything else we say. If we associate with Christ and this is our message, they associate hurt with Christ, not healing. I can’t believe that is the will of God for his followers. Our purpose becomes paralyzed and the hurting have to turn to something or someone else for healing.
Since our faith is paralyzed, maybe we should return to Christ ourselves for healing and be healed from our self righteousness, our insensitivity, and hypocrisy. We need to stop trying to be the Holy Spirit and start heeding the Holy Spirit.
Later, after the paralyzed man walked out on his own two feet completely healed by Christ, the crowd responded. “Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
Luke 5:26 NIV
The part I want us to see is that the crowd “gave praise to God.” When we share God’s love as fellow sojourners with unbelievers who are healed of whatever spiritual illness plaques them, people around them praise God. If we are not seeing people praising God, but questioning his existence, then we as a church might be doing something wrong.
The thing we are doing wrong I believe is we have lost sight of our constant need of healing. Sin is incurable this side of Heaven. The Holy Spirit within us is the medicine that lessens sins affect and retards its growth. All of our good deeds and good intentions cannot cure. Our good deeds are to be the byproduct, not the cure.
Our good deeds if produced by the Holy Spirit should glorify God. If we are seeing people turn to violence, hate, unhealthy relationships and rejecting our message, then we know it did not come from a heart filled with the Holy Spirit.
Where is God when bad things happen? He is in the hearts who love him with all their being and who love others. Love doesn’t condemn. Love doesn’t judge. Judgment and condemnation is God’s right because only his can provide righteous judgment.
Those who love feel the need of their neighbor and by faith picks them up and does everything they can to bring their neighbor to the One who can heal. They know Christ can heal because he is healing them.
“Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.””
Luke 5:31-32 NIV
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