What if What We Ask For is Not Always What We Need? (Mark 2:1-12)

Tim Cain, July 22, 2017
Part of the Mark series, preached at a Saturday Evening service

All of us have something in life that we are longing for. Something that we think “If only this would happen then everything would be OK.” Often we go to God and plead with him to give us our “If only” only to find that he doesn’t seem to be listening. Well, tonight we will look at the book of Mark at a man who came to Jesus longing to be able to walk again. However, instead of giving this man what he wanted the first thing that Jesus did for this man was to give him the thing that he needed the most. What if that is what God wants to do for us? What if the reason that sometimes we don’t get everything we ask for is because God's plan is actually to give us something better? These are some of the questions we are going to address tonight as we look at Mark 2:1-12.

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Mark 2:1-12

2:1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” (ESV)