4 October 2011

What’s best for them is best for us

When we do questionnaires with people, one of the questions we ask is, “What's the most important thing in your life?” Nine out of ten people say “Our children.”

Because our children are so important to us, we should ask ourselves, “What do they need more than anything else in the world?” I reckon if we played Family Fortunes and asked that question, health would appear in the top five.

Now Jesus encountered a man who wanted health more than anything. He had been paralysed from birth, and his friends brought him to Jesus for Jesus to cure him. There was a big crowd watching (poor bloke), and Jesus looked at him and said, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark's Gospel Chapter 2 verses 1 to 12).

Imagine what the paralysed man thought of that! “Isn't it bleedin' obvious, Jesus, what I need you to do for me?!” But actually, Jesus was doing what this man needed more than anything else in the world.

So, say I was badly hurt in a car crash - an artery was cut and my arm was broken. If I arrived at A&E, and the doctor said, “Let's reset the arm and put it in plaster - it'll take a couple of hours, and then we'll look at the artery.” I'd say, “Don't be stupid - deal with the life-threatening injury first.”

The point is that Jesus was dealing with the life-threatening condition first.
Because of our sin (living in God's world as though he did not matter or did not exist) we have cut ourselves off from him and his life forever. We are spiritually dead. We may stay physically alive for 70 to 80 years, but after that we face his judgment and a second death that is described as torment, cut off from God and his life forever. That is our destiny unless our sins are forgiven.

There is only one person given to us by God who has the authority to forgive us our sins - and that is Jesus Christ. So when Jesus said to the paralysed man, “..your sins are forgiven” he was doing the best possible thing he could for him.

And if we want the best for our children, we will do all we can to secure their life with God in the world to come. Then, whatever happens to them in this life, their long term future and happiness is guaranteed. This means bringing them to Jesus. And the very best place to find Jesus is in a church where the Bible is opened and explained faithfully (because the Bible is all about Jesus.)

What is best for them is also best for all of us. So why not come along to St George's on Sundays at 10.30am?

See you there.

Simon Smallwood
Pastor - St George’s