Rev. Dr. Sherman A. Gordon (Pastor, New Philadelphia A.M.E. Church)
By Rev. Dr. Sherman A. GordonPastor, New Philadelphia A.M.E. Church
Scripture: Mark 2:1-5
The Apostle James offers up a discourse on the topic of faith and works in James 2:14-26. His premise is that faith, without works, is dead.
He argues, "Show me your faith minus works, and I will show you my faith by my works." He then proceeds to provide character references of people who moved by faith and works, such as Abraham and Â Rahab.
James concludes in verse 26 that as the body without the spirit is dead, so then is faith without works dead. In essence, faith and works are not a la carte items, but rather a combination platter.
We see this merging of faith and works in Mark 2. Â The text opens up informing us that Jesus had moved to Capernaum because He was rejected by the people where He was born and raised, Bethlehem and Nazareth.
After a brief healing crusade, Jesus returned to Capernaum. Hearing that Jesus was in the house, crowds gathered around from all over, filling the house, creating a fire hazard. Whenever saints come together where Jesus is already present, the ingredients to have Holy Ghost fire break out is present.
Jesus was in the house and He preached the word to them. The root of most people's problem is not financial, is not emotional, is not physical, but it is spiritual. They just need a word to change their life around.
As Jesus was preaching to the packed house, four men came carrying a man who was paralyzed. When you are down, or Â don't feel like praying, do you have someone to support you? Do you have friends willing to bear your burden?
These four men carried this man to Jesus, for they knew if they could just get him to Jesus, that Jesus would do something for him. If you can just get to Jesus, He can and will work a miracle in your life, meet your need, put the broken pieces of your life back together again, heal your body, and forgive you of any sin that is in your life.
These four men carried this man to Jesus, but in verse 4, they encountered a problem. Because of the crowd, they could not get near to Jesus. The windows were sealed off, the door was blocked off, and the crowd would not back off. Â What should have served as entry points to get to Jesus, had become obstacles.
Maybe there is an obstacle in the way of your miracle. What are you going to do?
Are you going to allow your obstacle to keep you from entering into the presence of Jesus, to get in your way of getting where you need to be? Are you going to allow your hindrance to block your way from your breakthrough? Or are you going to display radical faith for desperate times?
These men begin to discuss amongst themselves, "We've come too far to turn around now. What are we going to do?" Â One responded, "It's too crowded down here, let's move up."
As these men begin to work their way to the top they discovered that the only thing between them and their blessing was the roof. The fact that the roof of the house lay between them and Jesus did not stop them. They begin to remove it and tear it up.
What are you willing to remove and tear up in order to draw nearer to Jesus? As they begin to tear up the roof, they begin to make a mess. It was in the midst of making a mess, Jesus spotted them and moved in the middle of the mess.
Jesus moved because these men displayed a radical faith for desperate times and Jesus will move for you if you have the faith also.