Mark 2:1-12 “And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2 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. 3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 6 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? 8 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? 9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) 11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 12 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.”
Throughout history, men have given themselves to the art of superior warfare. War is not a new thing. In Bible days, there were certain inventions that gave them an edge. Egypt invented the chariot, a kind of armed vehicle. In fact, the chariots were so efficient, men sometimes didn’t need to go. The catapult allowed for fighting from greater distances. Then, firepower gave a serious edge. During the Viet Nam war, the invention of landmines caused little possibility of survival.
Opposing sides watched as soldiers refused to leave behind the wounded. Many times, in attempts to get to the wounded, more were killed. However, in an attempt to demoralize troops, strategies changed. The landmines were changed. Instead of killing, they were designed to severely wound. The confidence of soldiers suffered. They watched their friends and brothers, unable to get to safety in time. These battles became an attack on morale.
Demoralizing morale sinks and sucks the life out of people when they carry a wounded or impaired brother without hope in sight. This happens in the battle of life. Sickness or disease depletes the energy and resources of the healthy people around them. Time and lives of a whole family are affected severely.
‘This is not a one-saint sinner.’ Wounded souls require more than one person to bear that load.
There is a better way. It’s difficult for those who are healthy to bear up those who are not. Often times, ministry can’t rest. Commitment and sacrifice are needed. We’ll take all the burden. It’s a burden on the church to try to show compassion and fill in for the person being carried around.
On the other hand, many times, wounded souls won’t ask for help. They don’t want to take Pastor’s time. They don’t want to be a burden.
It’s similar to this paralyzed man.
Gal 6:2 “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
We must leave no man behind. We must get them to Jesus.
In the military, planes are used to find the wounded or dead. No man left behind. There is a risk when you decide to not leave somebody behind.
Paralysis, perhaps he wasn’t born with this. Maybe these co-workers or family members heard that Jesus was in town. If they could just get to Jesus in time, everything would be taken care of. Because of this burden, they could’ve gotten there before all the seats were filled. There was no room. They went to the door and couldn’t get in. They went to the window, but couldn’t get in that way either.
They could continue to take care of their friend or family member for the rest of his life or get him to Jesus.
Sometimes, we feel like Humpty Dumpty. Nothing we do can put him together again. Just as shepherds would take pieces from the mouth of a lion to show the owner what happened.
People carry loads of wounded men and can’t worship or leap like they could without that load.
Only Jesus can put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Jesus can put that soul back together again. These four men got their friend to Jesus.
The church can give you friendship and family, but humanity alone is not enough. Jesus will put people back together again. Take that burden and put it at the feet of Jesus. God wants you to understand that there are some things this world can’t provide. There is something in everyone that only Jesus can fulfill. You’ll find it at His feet.
When you get to the feet of Jesus, everything will be all right.
Just teaching the Word of God in Bible studies is not enough. You’ve got to bring people to the feet of Jesus. Don’t try to get people to come and sit at your feet. Get them to Jesus’ feet. There are some things you can get from the church and that’s good. But, there are some things you can get only from the feet of Jesus.
Maybe you’re the one being carried. You can’t grab onto someone else’s feet. You’ve got to fall at Jesus’ feet.
Stop carrying your load. Drop it down at the feet of Jesus just like those four friends did.
If you get at someone’s feet, you’re in a position of submission. The phrase ‘at his feet’ is spiritual. It means ‘I’m here to listen.’ ‘I’m in submission to you.’ If you carry that wounded soldier to the feet of Jesus, they will rise up whole.
There are excuses. I need help. I can’t get to Jesus’ feet. I’ve been hurt. That’s why there’s a church.
Bring that soul to Jesus’ feet. The destination has to be Jesus’ feet.
Mark 5:22-24 “And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. 24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.”
Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet and his daughter was healed.
Mark 7:25-30 “For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: 26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. 27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. 28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. 29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.”
Luke 7:37-38 “And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.”
She understood who Jesus’ was. She felt convicted and went to Jesus’ feet and got forgiveness and restoration.
When you get your arms wrapped around Jesus’ ankles and put your head on His feet, you’ll get your life changed.
If you had been at Calvary, it’s possible that the closest you could get to Jesus was His bloody feet. But, that is the place where you can be made whole.
There is power in Jesus’ blood, His hands, His name, even His spit did some stuff. Jesus’ clothes healed that woman with the issue of blood. But, there is something unique and wonderful about His feet. If you can get to His feet, all of the healing you need can be found there.
Luke 17:12-19 “And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
This leper was healed and thanked Jesus, but he was the only one made whole, not just in body, but in spirit because he fell at Jesus' feet.
You can ask for help face to face, but when you fall at someone’s feet, compassion is released. Power doesn’t shoot out of His big toe, it’s submission of the one asking for help.
People gathered around Jesus and talked, but a woman with an alabaster box fell at His feet and got her sins forgiven and was made whole.
You might say, I’ve been to the feet of Jesus. I don’t need help. Mary and Martha each had an apron. Martha came out with an attitude and told Jesus what to do. Mary sat at Jesus' feet. Martha held onto her burden and demanded Jesus tell Mary to come help her. Jesus rebuked Martha. Mary didn’t need healing. Martha wasn’t wounded either. She was doing a good thing, but she wasn’t at Jesus’ feet. Jesus didn’t want to take anyone from His feet.
Don’t get so busy making everything ‘just right’ that you miss getting people to the feet of Jesus. Church can’t help you like the feet of Jesus.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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