“And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”” Mark 2:1-12
God’s Word is so power packed with love, grace, mercy, Truth, wisdom, directions, lessons, inspiration, encouragement, conviction, promises, history, future, life-giving messages, life-changing messages, endless treasures, hope, peace, comfort, and infinitely more that just a few verses and a short story can have layer after layer to study and be convicted by God through, changed by God through, and grown by God through. So much so that one can read the same scriptures for years and still come back yet again and discover something new and see something one has not seen before. Like this.
In the verses above, one day the Spirit of God brought to light this verse for me which truthfully I didn’t remember having truly really noticed before.
“Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!””
What’s the significance of this, and what message is there for you and me? When Jesus healed the paralyzed man in response to the faith of the men who lowered the man through the roof to get to Jesus knowing the man would not get to Jesus otherwise given the crowd, what happened to the people in the crowd? What did they see? What did they do? What did the paralyzed man now miraculously healed do?
The man who received his healing walked out into the masses of people for all to see what Jesus had done! The people were AMAZED! And what did they do? THEY GLORIFIED GOD! They GAVE GOD THE GLORY! They LOOKED TO THE LORD! They gave credit where credit was due! Their FOCUS WAS ON GOD! THEY PRAISED GOD! The result of the man’s healing and the fact he allowed others to see the miracle in his life resulted in what? GLORY TO GOD ALMIGHTY!
Friend, we may not have a challenge as big as paralysis, or we may have a challenge even bigger than paralysis and not get the healing we want, though some of us may in fact have great challenges and receive absolutely incredible miracles from God. But no matter what, every single one of us receives blessings from God throughout our lives right down to the breath we are breathing right now, to the food we eat, the water we drink, the shelter we have, the love of a friend, a job, the birth of a child, a smile, a laugh, a hug, a rainbow in the sky, a beautiful sunrise, and a zillion other things with the very most important being forgiveness and the promise of a forever relationship with God when we repent and believe Jesus is Lord and died on the cross for us and was raised from the dead, truly devoting our lives to God and His ways.
Should we not give continual glory and praise to the Lord for His endless miracles and blessings? And should we not go out into the crowds of this life, so to speak, and let others see and tell others of all the wondrous things the Lord does in our lives? Should we not above all else tell the world how glorious the Lord is above everything and everyone else? And should we not when we see miracles and blessings in other people’s lives give God the glory as well? Should we not live and breathe to GIVE GOD THE GLORY for WHO HE IS and for WHAT HE HAS DONE AND CONTINUES TO DO AND PER THE BIBLE WILL DO? YES, YES, and YES!
May we give the Lord glory each and every day for His countless and marvelous and glorious gifts and blessings and miracles, MOST ESPECIALLY FOR HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD, THAT HE IS GLORIOUS, FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN!