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The people who lowered a paralytic through the roof

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-09-19 (수) 06:36 조회 : 68
설교일 : 2018.09.16
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
본문말씀 : Luke 5:17-26

September 16, 2018

 

The people who lowered a paralytic through the roof

Luke 5:17-26

 

Rev. Kyung Lim Shin’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

Those who lowered a paralytic through the roof were just amazing! We have heard their story before, so we take it for granted, but what they did was just extraordinary. For professional roof repairers, this may be their usual job, but for regular folks, this may have been the first time to open the roof tiles to lower a paralytic through the roof so that he could get healed.

 

Today is the inauguration day for 47 Deacons, 11 Exhorters and 7 honorary Exhorters, and I want to sincerely congratulate and bless all of them. I expect great things from them, and so does God and He is watching right now with wide open eyes. I prepared this message mainly for them on this special occasion, but I feel this message should be for all of us.

 

Today’s passage: In their hope to see Jesus and get Him heal a paralytic, some men came carrying him on a mat, but because of a large crowd they couldn’t get into the house. Most people would have given up and waited for the next opportunity, but these men hit upon the most unusual way of getting the paralytic into the house. They took the paralytic on a mat to the roof and opened the tiles and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. If you were in that situation, would you have done the same thing?

 

There are many reasons for you not to go along with this unusual and irrational idea.

1)  I cannot go for such a rude action, even for a friend.

2)  It is illegal to open the roof tiles of someone’s home. I cannot do such an illegal thing.

3)  I cannot open someone’s roof tiles for the benefit of my friend. Their roof will have to be repaired. My conscience bothers me.

4)  I have never seen or heard of such a thing, so I cannot do it.

5)  That means I have to go up to the roof, open the tiles, raise the paralytic and lower him through the tiles, and it is too much for me to handle.

6)  This is too hard, and nobody will do it. It cannot be done.

7)  We are not builders, we are too old to do the job. It is too risky for us, and we may get hurt.

8)  This is just too dangerous. If we drop the paralytic while trying to lower him, we may get blamed and sued.

9)  We have done enough for this paralytic. There is no guarantee that he will get cured by Lord Jesus.

10) Let us not rush into things. Let’s go home and plan to come back another day.

 

All these reasons are reasonable and rational, but there are other ways of looking at the same situation.

 

1)  I can swallow my pride and do it for him, as I love him so much. There is nothing you wouldn’t do, if the paralytic were your son or daughter.

2)  I don’t like to do any illegal thing, but this is a matter of life or death. We will take care of the damage later. Let us do it.

3)  This roof job may be difficult and complicated, and we are not builders, but if we are extra careful and coordinate our moves well, we will succeed.

4)  I have never heard or seen this being done, but we can be making a new history by doing this, and I am proud of being a part of this.

5)  We could make better plans and delay seeing Jesus until the next time, but there may not be a perfect plan, nor the next time. Let us do the best under the present circumstances.

 

I cannot say which options are right and which are not, but there are two distinctly different attitudes for the same situation. You can choose to have either attitude, but the outcome will be completely opposite, like night and day.

 

1.  Our faith should be straightforward. The faith of those who brought the paralytic was very straightforward. If their faith in Jesus and their belief in His healing power were not so steadfast, they wouldn’t have opened the roof tiles. This event is included in three Gospels and in the Gospel of Mark, the reason for Jesus’ healing is more clearly written. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:5) I hope and pray that you have this straightforward faith which can move the heart of Jesus. Our faith should not fall behind or be too modest. Our faith should be forthright at times without hesitation.

 

2.  Our work should be done together. We should coordinate our moves and keep our pace with others in our ministry. The reason for their success in lowering the paralytic through the roof was that they acted together in step with each other. We can assume that they didn’t have any special tools and that they were not professionals in opening the roof tiles. So, we are certain that they worked very well together to lower the paralytic successfully without dropping him. The same principle goes with our church ministry. We discuss our project with others and respect the opinion of others, then arrive at a compromise before starting the work.

 

3.  We should pay our attention to those in the back. When my granddaughter Julia was 4 years old, our family members took a walk together. She was holding my hand while walking, then I noticed that she took her hand back gently. I was wondering why and saw that she went to the back of the group and was holding her father’s hand. I thought that she preferred to hold her father’s hand, but my daughter explained that Julia always goes to those in the back who have fallen behind and walks with them. It was hard for me to believe such an explanation at that time, but soon I became convinced of her thoughtfulness. She is now 8 years old, and I am certain she does the same at school with her friends. We should pay our attention to those in the back. Those in the front will go forward without our help, so we should be more interested in those who are new to the church, who are having mental or physical troubles, or who are reluctant to come into the church. Let us not enjoy the fellowship with our friends only, but pay attention to those who are still not comfortable in the church and to those whom Jesus is still waiting for to come to church.

 

4.  The conclusion is to serve others always. In today’s passage, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were only concerned that the blasphemy of Jesus in His words and teachings might hide the glory of God.

One day as He was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. (Luke 5:17) The fact that Pharisees and teachers of the law from all over Israel came to hear the teachings of Jesus is very special, and it means they were very interested in Him. But they were only watching Jesus to see if He would make any remarks of blasphemy and to decide that Jesus’ words and actions were blasphemous. All of us should uphold the holiness of God and should not blaspheme against Him. But in today’s passage, an unexpected thing happened; Jesus, instead of trying to uphold the holiness of God, decided to give praise to God by forgiving the sins of a paralytic and healing him.

Immediately, he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. (Luke 5:25) The glory and holiness of God were manifested by the healing action of Jesus, not by the strict upholding of the law by the Pharisees and teachers of the law.

 

The three Gospels testify that everyone there was amazed and gave praise to God. The holiness of God can be manifested more actively by serving others in difficulty. Along with those who brought the paralytic in front of Him, Lord Jesus chose to serve him so that he could get healed, thus motivating everyone to give praise to God and changing the life of the paralytic drastically, so it was a win-win outcome.

 

Therefore, our mission is not in striving hard to uphold the glory of God, but in helping and actively serving those who need our assistance, have fallen behind, are having difficulties in life, or have been hurt emotionally by others. By serving others, we can bring good changes into the homes, churches and the world, and more people will give praise and glory to God. I especially ask the new Deacons and Exhorters to carry out this ministry of serving others. And all of us should also carry out this ministry, so that more people in our homes, at workplaces, in Cell Groups and in church, and those living in metropolitan Detroit and in the mission fields, will give praise and glory to God!  

 


   

총 게시물 502건, 최근 0 건
번호 설교일              제목 본문말씀 설교자
502 2018.10.14  Plan G!! Matthew 16:21-27 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
501 2018.10.14  Plan G!! 마태복음 16:21-27 신경림 목사
500 2018.10.07  'Must be born again to enter the kingdom of God' John 3:1-8 Rev. Se Jin Bae
499 2018.10.07  거듭남과 하나님 나라 요한 복음 3:1-8 배세진 목사
498 2018.09.30  'The Actively Working Faith' Luke 24:13-27 Rev. Sun Hyung Jo
497 2018.09.30  '작동하는 믿음' 누가 복음 24:13-27 조선형 목사
496 2018.09.23  "Be Patient" James 5:7-11 Rev. Taegyu Shin
495 2018.09.23  "인내 하라" 야고보서 5:7-11 신태규 목사
494 2018.09.16  The people who lowered a paralytic through the roof Luke 5:17-26 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
493 2018.09.16  지붕을 뚫은 사람들 누가복음 5:17-26 신경림 목사
492 2018.09.09  'In the midst of our sufferings' John 9:1-7 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
491 2018.09.09  고통 가운데에서 요한 복음 9:1-7 신경림 목사
490 2018.09.02  'The Living Hope' Psalms 39:1-7 Rev. Tae Hong Kwon
489 2018.08.26  Enlarge Our Territories! Luke 10:25-37 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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제목 : Plan G!!
설교일 : 2018.10.14
본문말씀 : Matthew 16:21-27
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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