When we’re saved, we get to go to heaven when we die, and that is something to look forward to! But that isn’t our goal as Christ followers. Our purpose is beyond just getting into heaven; we want to take as many people with us as we can.
In Mark 2, Jesus was teaching at a packed house, so full of people that not everyone was able to get inside. Some of those turned away were a few friends carrying a man who was paralyzed. So, instead of giving up, they went to the roof of the house and started digging a hole in the roof! They lowered this guy on his mat down from the roof to the feet of Jesus.
These men had to be wondering if their efforts were going to make a difference. They were doing everything they could to get their friend to Jesus, even if it meant going so far as to dig a hole in a roof right above a huge crowd. It didn’t matter what the rest of the people were doing; they were going to roll up their sleeves and do what needed to be done.
Mark 2:5-12–Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”
Jesus came to heal the world of its sin problem. We were separated from God, but through Christ we have a way to come back to Him. The five men in Mark 2 displayed faith in who Jesus was. They didn’t just respect Him for what He taught and the miracles He performed, but they placed their dependency in Him.
There are many stories in the Bible of Jesus healing sick people and performing other miracles, but it doesn’t stop there. His miracles point us towards His ultimate purpose: not just healing people physically, but spiritually. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “…anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
Jesus gives us a new life in Him, and as His Church we are given a mission, a purpose, as we live the rest of our earthly lives. When God’s power changes us, we become displays for Him to the rest of the world. By living in a way that brings God glory, we can influence people to come to God and see their own lives transformed by His power.