Summary: God sees your heart like nobody else can. God knows the condition that you are in. He knows your needs, and he has an appointed time for your breakthrough.
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God knows our needs.
Introduction: Have you ever asked to yourself, “Does anybody know the pain and hurt I am experiencing?” God sees your heart like nobody else can. God knows the condition that you are in. He knows your needs, and he has an appointed time for your breakthrough. I believe your breakthrough is on your way. God is on your side and if you can believe, God can turn things suddenly around.
I want to take your attention to a one healing that Jesus performed where he met the need of everyone present there.
Mark 2:1-12 1A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat 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 tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
I would say this as ‘the complete miracle’ which found its place in three gospels: Matthew 9:1-7, Luke 5:17-26, & Mark 2:1-12. Jesus by now has started his public ministry in power and you see him performing 10 miracles one after the other mentioned in Matthew 9. The last one was the casting out of demons from a man in the region on Gadara. The evil spirit got into the pigs and the whole herd went into the water and died. In our text Jesus has left the region of Gadara as the people asked him to leave because of the loss. You see, they rejected him and there’s no record that He ever returned to that region.
It’s a very dangerous thing to reject Jesus, for you never know when your rejection will be accepted and become final. You never know when you’ve rejected Him for the last time. If He knocks on your heart’s door today, make sure to answer and let Him in! Let him come and be the Lord of your heart. If Jesus is knocking at your door today believers, let him come and clean us from our sins.
Now Jesus is in Capernaum, His ministry headquarters. When people heard about His miracles, great throngs of people started crowding around him, filling the house where He was staying, blocking the doorway, listening to every word that Jesus said. Then it tells us that 4 men got their friend who was paralyzed and lying on a pallet, and brought him to where Jesus was teaching. Mark 2:4-5 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
When I study this passage I can see Jesus discerning the hearts of people and meeting the need of everyone sitting in the house. I want you to first look at the 4 friends who brought the paralytic.
1. Faith of the friends. When Jesus saw the faith of the friends, He healed the paralytic. It was the pure determination, resolve, love, and faith of the friends that was the key to the miracle.
This morning you may be sitting here crying for the people in your family, crying for your loved one, praying for someone who is far way. Listen whatever situation they might be in, if you can reach out to Jesus by faith you will see the miracle working hand of God. Let’s come to God with faith this morning. What was the faith exhibited by these friends.