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In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an encouraging sermon titled, "Jesus Sees Your Faith" from Mark 2:1-12. Join us as we read the story about how Jesus healed the paralyzed man in response to the faith of his friends and learn three powerful truths about exercising faith on behalf of people who don't know Jesus. Our prayer is that this message would remind you of the power of faith and believing for God to work miracles in the lives of those around you!
Scripture ReferenceMark 2:1-12
Jesus Sees Your Faith
Mark 2:1 ESV
And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
1st Faith finds a way
Mark 2:2 ESV
And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.
Luke 5:18-19a ESV
And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd…
Luke 5:19b ESV
they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.
Mark 2:3-4 ESV
And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.
2nd Jesus notices faith
Mark 2:5a ESV
And when Jesus saw their faith…
3rd Their faith + Jesus’ power = their friend’s salvation & healing
Mark 2:5-12 ESV
And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your bed and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"—he said to the paralytic—"I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home." And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"
1. Exercise faith on behalf of the lost people