During the season of Advent, people from our congregation at Martins Creek Mennonite Church have collaborated to create an Advent devotional. Each entry has been written by one of our own, both young and old. We hope these meditations are a blessing to you during this Advent season.
This passage from the Bible shows the faith of friends and family, and the love that Jesus had for us. A man who is paralyzed is taken by his friends to see Jesus because they know that He has the power to heal and forgive. They take the time out of their day to help a friend. And when the path to Jesus is blocked, they carry him further onto the roof to let him into the room where Jesus is preaching. They could have turned around and went home when they found their way blocked, but because they believed in the power of Jesus, they kept on and found Him. When life seems difficult, remember that there is always a way to God. He is never lost to us, and He is always looking out for us. After his friends had lowered him into the room, Jesus forgave the sins of the friends because he saw their faith.
However, there were some that were listening to Jesus that did not appreciate this and thought of Jesus with scorn because they did not believe. Too often we see this in our lives, when we try to explain and show Jesus to others, but they will not change their hearts. To show his love, Jesus asks the man to get up and walk out, and he did! Even though he was met with ridicule, Jesus proved that He is the Son of God, and can do miraculous things, just as long as we all have faith. He loves us. Very much.