Luke 5:18-20, 24-26 – Believe That He Is

Luke 5:18-20, 24-26
18
 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.
19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

Hebrew 11:6 tells us that “he that cometh to God must believe that he is”.  Why?  Because as was the case with the man in Luke 5 who suffered from palsy, it’s not always easy to get to God and you won’t go to the trouble if you don’t believe that He really is God and that He really is listening.  Hebrews 11:6 also tells us that we must believe that God “is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  These men in Luke 5 diligently sought the Lord and they were richly rewarded for it.  The man was healed and forgiven, and his dear friends that went to all that trouble got to witness the glory and power of God.

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