Summary: Often times we think our greatest need is one thing when God knows that it is another. Follow the journey of one man and discover your greatest need in his story!

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Bringing Down The Roof - Mark 2:1-12 - July 22, 2012

(Baptism Service)

It’s not uncommon today to hear people say something like this, “If God would just reveal Himself, if He would just do some miracle for me to see, then I would turn to Him and believe.” People are looking for proof, they want to see it with their own eyes. They want God to dance to their tune and perform for their pleasure. But God is not a God to be trifled with. He’s not into party tricks. And the simple truth is that even a miracle isn’t enough to turn the hearts of many towards God. That passage that _________________ just read for us is proof of this.

Picture the scene: Two men – demon possessed – outcast – violent – dangerous – hate filled. They are feared by the whole town. They are shunned by those who used to be their family, who used to be their friends. No one has been able to help them. No one has been able to deliver them. And then along comes Jesus. And Jesus merely speaks to them and casts the demons out and in an instant their world has changed. Gone is the hatred, gone is the unpredictable violence. Gone is the rage. It’s a new lease on life for these two men – they can return to their families, to their jobs, to a life worth living once again – and they owe it all to Jesus.

You think the townsfolk would be pleased. Two of their sons have just been restored to them! You think they would celebrate the deliverance of these two men and would praise God giving thanks to Him for all that He had done on their behalf. But that’s not what happens, is it? Instead the people from the town gather together to gain their courage and then they march out to confront Jesus. And instead of thanking Him they plead with Him to leave them alone, to go away, to have nothing more to do with them. God was giving them the miracle they were looking for and when they received it, it turned out not to be what they wanted after all. This Jesus was dangerous. He was powerful. He had authority over the spiritual realm. This Jesus wasn’t safe. They couldn’t put Him in a box of their own making. All authority in heaven and on earth had been given unto Him and they trembled in blind fear before the manifest power of God when instead they should have been rejoicing with the men who had been set free, and giving thanks to God, that the day had come when the blind would see, the lame would walk, and the broken hearted be bound up.

These townsfolk shut the door on the healing that Jesus would have brought to their lives, to their relationships, their families and their marriages, they slammed the door shut on the good news that Jesus had come to bring, and so they went without never knowing what could have been. John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12, NIV84) But these did not receive Him, they would not have any part of Him, and by their own pride, and stubbornness and fear, they turned away from the grace of God. And many do that today as well with the same result.

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