Monday, July 18, 2005

Faith and Praise

There's a great scene in the movie, The Miracle Maker, where Jesus is speaking inside Peter's home and a paralytic is lowered through the roof. The paralytic has no hope, but his friends have faith. He says repeatedly, "It's no good." Here is the NIV version from Luke 5:

Jesus Heals a Paralytic
17One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. 18Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
20When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."
21The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
22Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? 24But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...." He said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." 25Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."

The scene plays out almost exactly as the Scripture states. The great part is not only seeing the disbelief and anger from the Pharisees, but the joy and praise from the healed man and his friends. (In the movie, they're dancing and openly praising God.)

In midst of my hardships, i.e. wanting more time with my family, money issues, and wanting to be a youth minister, I should always give thanks and praise to God. The movie scene ends with the people giving glory to God and Jesus looking out the window giving a joyous laugh. Faith and praise forever.

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