Thursday, February 25, 2010

When the Word of God is Preached, People are Healed

In the Gospel there is a bold image that should inspire us. Jesus was preaching in a house and a great crowd had gathered to hear Him. The Gospel tells us, “Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door.” (Mark 2.2) The house was completed filled up and still people were bringing their friends to be healed. Jesus never allowed the crowd to distract Him from His mission to heal the sick when four friends tore open the roof and lowered their sick friend in front of Jesus to be healed. “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.’” (Mark 2.5)

This is the joy of our faith my dear brothers and sisters. When we gather to hear the word of God and worship Him people’s lives, our lives, are changed forever. We are healed simply by our faith and willingness to be present with God in His House and we can offer healing to our friends when we bring them to meet God. After the miracle healing “all were amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!’” (Mark 2.12)

We must never feel like we do not belong in the House of God just because we might be different from the crowd. The paralytic and his friends did not allow a physical difference to keep them from approaching God for healing and neither should we. The Church is for all of us no matter who we are or no matter where we were born and God has enough love to heal us.

If you are in need of God’s healing, physically or spiritually, come to His House and hear His Word and worship Him and your life will be changed forever. And if you have a friend that needs God, bring your friend too. There is always room in God’s House.

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