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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[When someone has a need, do you act?]
The paralyzed man’s need moved his friends to action, and they brought him to Jesus. When you recognize someone’s need, do you act? Many people have physical and spiritual needs you can meet, either by yourself or with others who are also concerned. Human need moved these four men; let it also move you to compassionate action.
Jesus is referred to as the “Son of Man.” The title Son of Man emphasizes that Jesus is fully human; while Son of God emphasizes that he is fully God. As God’s Son, Jesus has the authority to forgive sin. As a man, he can identify with our deepest needs and sufferings and help us overcome sin. (NLT)
Mark 2:1-12 – Several days later Jesus returned to Capernaum, and the news of his arrival spread quickly through the town. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there wasn’t room for one more person, not even outside the door. And he preached the word to them. Four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t get to Jesus through the crowd, so they dug through the clay roof above his head. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”
But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there said to themselves, “What? This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew what they were discussing among themselves, so he said to them, “why do you think this is blasphemy? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!”
The man jumped up, took the mat, and pushed his way through the stunned onlookers. Then they all praised God. “We’ve never seen anything like this before,” they exclaimed.
Quoted verse: If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. –1 Corinthians 12:26 (NRSV)
“Story” – Sam Wright (Florida, USA) titled his story “CHURCH AT ITS BEST;” here is Sam’s story:
“When our son was killed in a motorcycle accident, our church family surrounded us with their love. I do not know that we would have survived emotionally had it not been for our friends, who prayed with us and for us, brought us food, sent us cards, called us, and visited us.
“In my grief, I remembered the paralyzed man whose friends lowered him through the roof so Jesus could heal him. I felt much like that man must have felt as my church family carried me when I felt unable even to walk. It was humbling to have others feel my pain and minister to me in my devastating loss. Their caring was the beginning of my healing process. Their love saved my life.
“When the church embodies God’s love by supporting those in pain, visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, and caring for the needy, we truly act with the compassion of Christ. As a recipient of such love, I can testify that the church is at its best when we are caring for one another.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I extend my love to those who are hurting, I am doing the work of God.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for bringing others alongside us to support us and to show us that you are with us always. Amen.
Prayer Focus: PARENTS GRIEVING THE DEATH OF A CHILD
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