When The Savior Showed Up and Showed Off
Dr. Brad Whitt
INTRO: Take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at Mark chapter 2. Mark chapter 2, and in just a moment we'll begin looking at verses 1-12. I want to talk to you this morning for just a few minutes about "When The Savior Showed Up And Showed Off."
One of the things that you'll discover as you study the life and ministry of Jesus is that just about every time He made some amazing announcement about Himself, or taught some tremendous truth about His Kingdom, He would prove that He was who He said He was or that He could do what He said He could do by performing some sort of astounding miracle.
For example, one day Jesus was preaching and He made this statement, "I am the Bread of Life." And then He proved it by taking 2 small fish and 5 loaves of bread and feeding 5000 people.
Another time Jesus said, "I am the light of the world," and then He proved it by healing a blind man.
In John 11:25 Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life," and then He proved it just a little while later by performing one of the, if not indeed the, greatest miracle that He ever performed - the raising Lazarus from the dead.
You see, He showed that He was who He said He was, and that He could do what He said He could do, through the mighty miracles that He performed.
And that's what we find in these first 12 verses of Mark chapter 2.
Now, on the surface, this may look like it's just the simple story of how four faithful friends were willing to do whatever it took to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus so that he could be healed.
And really, even if that's all this story were about, this would still be an amazing story. But, as you're going to see this morning, this isn't primarily the story of how Jesus healed a body. This is primarily the story of how Jesus saved a soul. The primary purpose of this story in Mark chapter 2 is to prove beyond any ...
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