The Messiah is in town!

And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. Matthew 9:1-8

So there is Jesus, the Son of man, back in His hometown. He came there knowing that people would not respect Him. Remember He said: “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” (Mark 6:4). He came and did a miracle, a beautiful miracle: a paralytic not only walked but carried his bed as well. And He opened the door of the true life for him by forgiving his sins.

Now the Lord could have asked him to follow Him. Then He could have showed to everyone that He was really who He affirmed to be. He could have used him as a display of His power, or just to make people believe in Him. Instead of trying to use him, Jesus sent him home. He sent him to be an encouragement and a blessing to those who had cared for him for so long, washing him, feeding him, and bearing with him.

Jesus was humble. He did not mind to be despised. He did not mind to be rejected. He knew that He did not need to put on a show to success. He knew that He did not need people’s approval. Bringing glory to His Father was His goal. So He sent that man home where he could do something precious in God’s eyes. He sent him home that he could love his own and share with them the gospel. Yes the Messiah was in town.

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