(1-12) Jesus Heals a Paralytic
When we have the attention of the crowds as Jesus did, it may be tempting to tell them what they want to hear or to tell them some of our great ideas. But Jesus did no such thing. He preached the Word to them. He brought His Father’s Gospel message to the masses.
The paralytic’s four friends did not let anyone or anything stop them from bringing him before Jesus. To what great lengths are we willing to go to get before Jesus? To what great lengths are we willing to go to get others before Jesus?
(13-17) Jesus Calls Levi
Again, no questions asked, no more information needed. When Jesus called Levi to follow Him, Levi got up and followed Him.
Jesus the Christ wasn’t afraid or ashamed to be seen with the wrong kind of people. He didn’t mind hanging with sinners and tax collectors. He didn’t hang with them to be influenced by them, but to influence them. He loved them and wanted to see them live the good life – both in this world and in the world to come.
(23-28) Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
Jesus is Lord over all our lives – or at least He ought to be. If we are to be true followers of Christ, we can’t pick and choose which days to give to God and which days to keep to ourselves. We can’t pick and choose which activities to surrender to God and which activities to keep to ourselves. He must have all of us or none of us. It’s sort of like what G.K. Chesterton said about saying grace – we shouldn’t just say grace before we eat, but throughout everyday we should be saying graces before all things.
“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”
Favorite verse: (17) And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”