'...It was heard that he was in the house.' Mark 2:1 NKJ
When Christ enters your life: (1) He'll rearrange things! Your well-ordered existence will probably get turned upside down. When you meet Jesus you'll never be the same again. When he showed up at this house in Capernaum 'it was heard.' As a result, the house packed out with people. Four men carrying a paralysed friend, hoping Christ would heal him, had to break up the roof and lower him to the feet of Jesus. Miracles can cause upheaval.(2) You'll get two kinds of reaction! The religious crowd will be threatened. When Jesus claimed to have power to heal, and to forgive sins, the Pharisees said, '"Who can forgive sins but God alone"' (Mark 2:7 NKJ)? The danger of religion is that often we love the rules more than the individuals we are called to serve. So expect some flack, and don't back down! Whatever it takes to get to Jesus, do it; he won't disappoint you. He makes this standing offer, '...the one who comes to me I will by no means cast out' (John 6:37 NKJ).(3) All get what they come for! Those who come to mock, criticise or defend their religious viewpoint leave more lost than ever, and more convinced that they're right. But those who come for help, get it. Listen: 'Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled' (Matthew 5:6 NKJ). So what now? Christ asks you to humbly acknowledge your need of him, and the faith to reach for and accept, 100%, what he offers you.
Soulfood: Deut 3-4, Matt 5:1-12, Ps 37:1-7, Prov 11:24-26