We’ve discussed the significance of every account in Scripture being for our benefit, as 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states. We’ve also talked about taking our doubts and questions to the Lord for direction, clarity, and wisdom. Alas, we have come to the third and most beautiful part of this series!
Jesus knew the hearts of the scribes. He knew they were secretly questioning Him and doubting His authority, but Jesus did not condemn these men for doubting Him. Rather, He gently asks, “Why do you question these things in your hearts?”
If Jesus had stopped at that question, it would have been enough. His point would have been made. But He didn’t stop there. This is where the beauty is:
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” | Mark 2:9-11
Do you see it??!?! Jesus changed His approach. G – O – D, changed His approach towards us. Does that even make a little sense? GOD THE CREATOR changed His approach TOWARDS US, FOR US. That we might know He has all authority. That we might know He is sovereign. That we might know He is who He says He is.
Do we realize how deeply the Lord cares for us? Do we realize how patient He is with us? Do we realize how incredibly gracious He is towards us?
Jesus, in divine love and infinite patience, changed His approach so that these questioning scribes could see and understand Truth with ALL clarity. But He didn’t stop there. Jesus, in divine love and infinite patience, changed His approach towards me so that this doubting, questioning, rebellious, sinful soul could see and understand Truth with all clarity.
He did it for me.
As I look back on my life, I am reminded of all the instances the Lord worked in my life so that I might know Him. I don’t believe it is ever His plan or desire for His children to live a life of carnality. But this was the life I lived. Not because of any shortcoming in God, but because of my shortcomings, because of my weaknesses, because of my sinfulness. I lived a life of utter darkness and sin because honestly, that’s what I wanted. I wanted this world and its revolting, fleeting, empty pleasures more than I wanted Him. I was stubborn. My heart was hardened towards Him. But the Lord gently led me to a place of brokenness. All so that I might know Him. He gently pieced me back together. All so that I might know Him. He gently disciplined me and grew me. All so that I might know Him. And He does it still, all so that I might know Him (Philippians 1:6).
Maybe you’re still not struck by the beauty and awe of this. Maybe it’s just not clicking. Maybe it doesn’t make any kind of sense to you and maybe you think I’m making a huge deal out of absolutely nothing. Perhaps. But before you brush all this aside, examine your life, reflect on your walk with the Lord. Has not the Lord done an amazing thing in revealing Himself to you? He didn’t have to. But He chose to. That you might know Him. That you might trust Him. That you might love Him.
He did it all for you.
He did it all for me.
In divine love.
In infinite patience.
In abounding grace.
Heavenly Father, thank You. My words will never be enough to give you the thanks and praise You are due. Thank You for pursuing my heart so relentlessly, so patiently, so gently, so graciously. Thank You for never giving up on me. Thank You for the fullness of joy I have in simply knowing You. You are my everything. Thank You for revealing Yourself to me. Thank You for making me see Your beauty! Thank You that I have tasted and seen how sweet, how good You are! Thank You for all the ways You have intervened in my life, all so that I might know You. I know I make it difficult with all my doubts and questions and lust for this world. But thank You for displaying Your abounding love towards me by patiently opening my eyes to see You. Make me see You more, Lord Jesus. Make me recognize Your constant presence in my life. Make me understand You more and more. Make me like You. I ask all these things in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
- How has the Lord worked in my life in order that I might know Him? How is the Lord working in my life now in order that I might know Him more?
- Study the following portions. Identify the recurrent theme and the purposes of these passages: Exodus 8:10, 8:22, 9:14, 9:29, 10:2, 31:13; Deuteronomy 29:6; Joshua 3:4; Job 19:29; Isaiah 43:10, 45:3; Ezekiel 20:20; Micah 6:5; Matthew 9:6; Luke 5:24; John 10:38, 19:4; Ephesians 1:18; 1 John 5:13
- Connect the dots: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Mark 2:1-12. For me personally, how do these verses in Mark 2 teach, admonish, correct, and train me in righteousness? How will my reading and understanding of this account in history complete me as a child of God and equip me for every good work?
- Resolve to know Him more.