Steve Ngai (危 志 荣) KuaLa Lumpur, Malaysia

Mark 2: 1-12

Mark 2: 1-2
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large number that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.

Note:
What makes people drawn to Jesus?
I think there are many occasions whereby when a big crowd were drawn to Jesus. I think there are few possible reasons why so many people are drawn to Jesus. One of them is they know Jesus is capable to meeting their physical needs (i.e. food, sickness, disabilities) and Jesus always do it (also for free!).

Another reason could be they see Jesus is very different spiritual leader compare to the normal rabbi, teachers of the law, Pharisees or Saducees. This is because Jesus walk the talk and thus able to speak with authority. He spoke and taught with conviction. People tends to pay more attention and respect when someone teach or preach with conviction compare to just to teach or preach by mind and knowledge alone. I guess these are the two main reasons why Jesus always attract the crowd to follow him.

It is just like the best doctor in the world who always travel around to heal people (for free!) and at the same time being the best pastor in the world, who is an example in every area and help people spiritually.

Mark 2: 2-4
They gathered in such large number that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.

Note:
They didn’t make excuse.
They could give an excuse “We can’t help our paralyzed friend because there is no room left for him.”. Instead they try all the ways to help their friends.

Have I try all the way to get help or help others both physically and spiritually?

They are proactive.
They didn’t wait passively for Jesus to come to their paralyzed friend. They went to Jesus. They are proactive.

Am I proactive in getting help spiritually? Do I go to Jesus proactively or wait for Jesus passively to help me?

Mark 2: 5-12
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”. 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?”

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? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.

Spiritually needs is more important than physical needs.
Jesus first forgive his sin (v5) and then He heals him physically (v11-12). This make me thought of a verse and I found it at 2 Corinthians 4: 18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”. “What is seen” is considered as physical while “what is unseen” is considered as spiritual.