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Summary: Every encounter with Jesus is potentially a life-changing one, therefore let us (1)seize every opportunity we have to COME to Jesus; and (2) develop a faith that would never be discouraged by the difficult.

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These 2 stories put side-by-side reveals one thing – Jesus cares. He cares enough to do something.

One of the most beautiful hymns in our hymnbook is "No One Ever Cared for Me like Jesus."

The first stanza goes:

I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus

Since I found in Him a friend so strong & true;

I would tell you how He changed my life completely -

He did something that no other friend could do.

No one ever cared for me like Jesus,

There’s no other friend so kind as He;

No one else could take the sin & darkness from me -

O how much He cared for me!

It’s the true testimony of the goodness of Jesus, once you’ve experienced it.

• When you come to know Him, you would have tasted it too.

• Will people know? Will our friends know?

EVERY ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS IS A POTENTIALLY LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE, therefore let us

(1) Seize every opportunity we have to COME to Jesus

(2) Develop a Faith that would never be discouraged by the difficult

Last month when we touched on Mark 1, we saw the crowd coming to Jesus because of the many miraculous healings He did.

• Peter says, “Everyone is looking for you!” (1:37). People follow Him wherever he goes.

But the next two healing accounts were quite different.

• The first one (1:40-45) was a leper and the second one, a paralyzed man.

• Both were restricted in some ways. They do not have the freedom of coming to Jesus like the rest.

THE LEPER

• He was regarded as an outcast by the society. There is no place for sick people like him.

• He was expected to stay within imaginary boundary lines, determined by the society.

• He does not have the remotest chance of seeing Jesus, UNLESS he was given one

And that was precisely what happened – by the grace of God

• Jesus steps into his territory. Jesus came along that way

• No wonder this man has to beg on his knees

• This was probably his only chance – the chance of a lifetime

THE PARALYZED MAN

• This second man was not bound by the society or was he confined within place.

• His was the bondage of a different kind – he cannot walk.

• He does not have the remotest chance of seeing Jesus, UNLESS someone helps him to Jesus.

And that was precisely what happened – by the grace of God

• He has friends who are willing to carry him.

• They were not deter by the circumstances – be it the crowd or the small house

• This was probably his only chance – the chance of a lifetime

(1) SEIZE EVERY OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE TO COME TO JESUS

I was arranging Breakthrough Missions Sunday with Pr Simon Neo - July or Oct 5th week.

• Both dates were possible but he is more keen on July (wondering why) - then he said, "Good to take the earlier one, don’t take Oct. If Jesus returns in August, then we’ll miss another chance to do something for Him."

• Prov 16:9 - In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

Luke 12:16ff - parable of rich man who build larger barns to store his crops - God says, "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?" (v.20)


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