40 Days with Jesus – October 14th – Luke 5:17-26
On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—”I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.” (Luke 5:17-26 ESV)
WWJD? What Would Jesus Do? Do you remember this saying from a few years back? I remember seeing that acronym on everything from T-shirts to bumper stickers to boxer shorts. The purpose of the question was to cause us to think before taking action. To think, “would Jesus do what I’m about to do?”. But, I think it goes deeper than that.
Upon reading Luke 5:17-26, I had several questions. I wondered what happened after Jesus forgave and healed the crippled man. I wondered if his friends repaired the roof that they tore a hole in to lower him down. I also wondered what Jesus did immediately before this story. In the verses immediately preceding this story, Jesus healed a man with leprosy then crowds began to gather to ask for healing. In verse 16 we read, “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray”. I finally figured it out. That’s what Jesus would do. He recognized His need to meet with God His Father where His strength comes from.
As we journey through these 40 Days with Jesus, our purpose is to spend time with Him and know Him more. As we read the scriptures, pray and seek Him, we actually learn what Jesus would do. Jesus didn’t “try” to make his behavior like His Father. He knew His Father, spent time with Him thus drawing strength and power from Him. If Jesus, being God in flesh, needs quiet, intimate fellowship with God, then how much more do we need it? Withdraw today to a desolate place for prayer and spend some time with God. Ask him to refresh you and prepare you for the person you will meet who needs a touch from Him.
Eddy Foyewww.chetscreek.com Read it and Share it on DoYouReallyBelieve.com! Register to the site via email: Email registration Discuss it and Like it at: Facebook Follow the site on Twitter: Twitter