For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
Have you ever noticed that the ALL things that Paul lists here are all of one group?
Notice first what he does not list.
He doesn't list trees and stars and eyeballs and magnesium.
He doesn't list pizza and olives and cows and oregano.
What he does list is the authority structures of the realms heavenly and fallen.
Interesting list, don’t you think?
Then he tells us they are all created not only by Him, but FOR Him.
Simple math tell us then that:
President Obama was made for Jesus.
David Cameron was made for Jesus.
The top man in ISIS was made for Jesus.
Satan himself and all his underlings were made for Jesus.
As we ponder this story from the gospels of the four men who brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus, I am energized by what we can see clearly in Mark’s account.
And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. And being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” ~ Mark 2:3-5
I really only want to pull two words out today: “their faith.”
Who “their?” you may ask.
As we noticed last week, the house was full of skeptics, and there was only one “who” in the stretcher, so that leaves the deconstruction team on the roof.
Jesus saw the faith, the expectation in these men. That expectation was clearly expressed by the lengths they were willing to go in order to get their friend to Jesus. They were willing to risk some real world trouble, and face some serious consequences in order to get their friend to Jesus.
This is so encouraging to me today.
For one thing, nothing is said about the one in the stretcher. When you have been sick or disabled for decades, it is pretty hard to stir up any expectation. You, as likely as not, will build up barriers against such expectations, and protect yourself against having hope spring only to be dashed once more.
But what I learn here is that we can bring our friends to Jesus.
I don’t want to build some magic doctrine that says everyone we pray for will be saved or healed.
But I will say this. We can bring our friend to Jesus.
We can do it with our words,
we can do it with our prayers,
we can do it with a posse,
you can do it in that chair.