Have you heard the phrase “Faith can move mountains?” Jesus talks about it in his ministry. I’ve always marvelled at that phrase. I’ve spent considerable time in the mountains around the world. I’ve lived near the Rockies, the Sierras, and the mountains of the western United States. The mountains are massive. They are ancient geological barriers that can weather any storm. They are solid and enduring, strong and unyielding.
Scripture suggests faith in Jesus is even stronger and bigger. In today’s scripture, the faith of the friends are strong enough to tear apart a roof to bring their paralysed friend to Jesus, because they know he can heal him. Their faith moves Jesus to do what they want him to do—and he doesn’t even criticize them for damaging the roof! The amazing thing is that Jesus does even more than they had hoped. He forgives the man’s sins as well as healing him from paralysis. In this way, the friends’ faith become an example to everyone who had come to see Jesus.
Today, faith can move people to do incredible things and in response, Jesus can make huge impacts in this world and our lives. He can heal and forgive. He can change the heart of an individual or the hearts of an entire group of people. This is all because of his ability to see faith in anyone’s heart who comes to him, whether they walk or are carried by their friends.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:20).
Yahweh, thank you for the gift of faith, please build my faith so I can see how you call me to act, trusting in you to make amazing changes for the good in my life and this world. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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