Summary: Step into a place where "the power of the Lord was present to heal them." Embrace the power and the potential of His Healing Presence.
“WHEN THE HEALER’S IN THE HOUSE”
Mark 2: 1-12
INTRO: 1.In Mark’s narrative, you can almost hear the excitement that must of been in this house in Capernaum.
a. A feeling of celebration as word quickly spread that Jesus was there.
b. A feeling of expectancy as the crowds crowded into that house.
c.A feeling of significance as they come to realize that they would be witnesses to something extraordinary.
d.A feeling of privilege that they made it inside when so many were unable to squeeze in.
2. In Luke’s account, He tells us that something else was there as well.
Luke 5:17 ...and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
3.The sad truth about this story is that although the atmosphere was right and the power – there was some who received nothing - some who left empty handed. (Power was present to heal them as well)
4.I’m so thankful that four men and a man stricken with palsy understood the significance of the presence of Jesus Christ.
a.Understood that it wasn’t just for an exciting service or for simply a demonstration of his power.
b.Jesus has come as our healer to transform our condition, to send us away changed.
5. We need to be able to Recognize His presence.
a. We are not as good at recognizing his presence as we think we are.
b. Sometimes our eyes are “holden that they should not know Him” Lk. 24:16
(Men on the road to Emmaus)
c.We must grow in discerning His presence even in the darkest of our circumstances.
6. We need to be able to Respond to His Presence.
“When Jesus saw their Faith...” vs. 5
a.When we really believe He’s in our midst, and we really believe he can do what he said he can do—can’t help but see it in our faces, in our worship, in our attitudes.
b. Second step we have to make in receiving from God.
7. But more importantly, we need to be able to Submit to His presence.
a.Surrender our lives, lay ourselves in the hands of God - open our lives to the transforming power of His presence.
8.There are some things that will happen in our lives when we uncover the full meaning that “Our Healer is in the House”.
I.WHEN WE REALLY REALIZE THAT HE’S IN THE HOUSE OUR OBSTACLES ARE NO LONGER OBSTACLES.
a.What would otherwise hinder us from receiving from God, now we won’t allow to be a hinderance any more.
b. The four men wouldn’t settle for obstacles any more - the Healer was in the house.
A. NO TIME FOR EXCUSES.
1. No time to blame your handicaps - grab a brother and ask "Can you take me to Jesus?"
2. No time to blame others for preventing you from receiving. (crowds or Pharisees)
3. No time to blame God for not giving you what you needed before.
4. It’s time to cast aside the ceiling tiles of excuses and lower ourselves into his arms.
B. NO TIME FOR CONSIDERING THE EXPENSE.
1.This was somebody’s roof and this act would no doubt cost them something, but these men was willing to reach Jesus at any cost.
2. It’s that realization that turns our obstacles into stepping stones.
3.ILL. When Peter stepped out onto the raging sea at the invitation of Jesus, he didn’t take the time to consider what it might cost him - he was more than willing to pay price.
4. To some it may cost a little embarrassment. (Admit that I need help)
5. To some it may cost letting go of a problem you’ve grown attached to.
C. NO TIME FOR DELAY.
1. Time can be an obstacle, sometimes we say “I’ll wait until tomorrow”.
2. These men knew that today was the day this man needed help from God.
3.Don’t let the enemy steal what God has for you today with such thinking as “It can wait until tomorrow.”, or “It can wait until the next revival or campmeeting”.
D. IT WAS TIME TO RECEIVE.
1. It’s time to submit to His presence and see the uselessness of the obstacles in our way.
II.HE COMES TO HEAL OUR GREATEST NEED.
a.The paralytic thought his greatest need was physical healing, but Jesus saw a greater need - a spiritual need for Salvation.
b. Jesus is the soul healer, he knows when our life has been contaminated by sin, or wounded by defeat, or overwhelmed with discouragement.
A. HE UNCOVERS OUR SIN.
1. What others couldn’t see about this man, Jesus could - He saw his sin.
2.When we submit ourselves to the glory of God, the brightness of his holiness will unveil the sin in our own souls.
3. We can convince ourselves that everything’s alright, but he sees what others can’t.