Wanted: Stretcher Bearers
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was reported that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door; and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, who was borne by four. And when they could not come near unto him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was; and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed in which the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately, when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Which is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority on earth to forgive sins (he saith to the sick of the palsy), I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. (Mark 2:1-12)
Look at this verse again: "When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven thee" (Mark 2:5)! Do you see something remarkable in it? "When Jesus saw their faith...." This verse, when I began my ministry, was a source of disturbance to me. It seemed to contradict what I had been taught, what I was preaching, and what I believed with all my heart - that a man, in order to be saved, must himself put his confidence and faith in Jesus Christ. It is some ...
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