In this Mothers’ Day Sermon on hope and faith, we are reminded Christ can make a difference in our home.
We All Want to Find Our Way Home
Many stories — both fact and fiction — tell of someone who wants to get home. Why is that? For many people, it’s because home is where they find love and hope.
Mark 2:1-12, p.1003
Christ in a Home
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.Mark 2:1–2NIV
Many people wanted to get into that home. Why? For many, it was because inside was Jesus. The epitome of love and hope.
Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.Mark 2:3NIV
Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.Mark 2:4NIV
The hope those men had was not any old hope. It was a powerful hope. Nothing could put them off. Their hope was borne from their faith that Christ would and could heal their friend.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”Mark 2:5NIV
Why? After all, friends had brought him to be healed, not to have his sins forgiven. The Jews made a connection between illness and sin. Jesus knew his real need was to hear no need to be afraid. God is not angry with you.
But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”Mark 2:10–11NIV
Christ Can Make a Difference in Your Home
Christ entered the home in our story by invitation. He was welcome there. Whilst he was there he brought wisdom, healing, relief from pain and suffering, hope and love. His presence affects us. So invite Jesus to make his home in your heart today. And then open the door and invite him into your home too.
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