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“Rooted” With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on September 9, 2018 – 4:53 am -

 

Rooted With Billy Huddleston

Rooted With Billy Huddleston

Everything I Need

Psalm 63:1

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”

Psalm 63 will always be a very special passage to me. It was during one of the most difficult times in my life that God brought this scripture to me. I’ll give you a brief background.

 

It was December 2005. You could say that I was on top of the world. I was 33 years old and everything seemed to be going my way. God was blessing, and I was excited. But, while I was on the mountain top looking ahead someone snuck up behind me and yanked the rug of my world right out from under my feet.

 

I was devastated.

I was mad.

Mad at people.

Mad at circumstances.

Mad at God.

 

I actually wanted to quit – even tried to quit. But, God refused to quit me. (I’m so thankful that’s the kind of God we have!)

 

Then I heard the words of a preacher: God, Youare MY God!

 

It’s important to remember that Psalm 63 was authored by King David. Actually, at the time he penned these words he wasn’t the king. Instead of living in the palace, he was dwelling in the desert. No longer dining at the palatial table, he scavenged whilst on the run. Rather than sleeping in the kingly featherbed, now his bed was sand and his pillow a stone. He was actually running from a son that wanted him dead. This was a son he had shown mercy. And, now this is what he gets in return.

 

So, when we find David singing these words, he’s in a cave. Listening for the steps of an enemy that wanted him dead. Betrayed and broken by his own blood.

 

Isn’t it odd that he isn’t singing the blues?

Or, isn’t it amazing that he isn’t cursing his circumstance or even his God?

 

Instead, these are his words:

God, You are my God!

 

That’s simply incredible.

And, it’s beautiful.

 

It’s beauty is found in that even though he is overthrown, on the run, and likely soon to face his death . . . He still acknowledges that God is everything he needs. He’s not seeking his position, power, or revenge. Instead, in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water, he’s seeking God. He knows everything he needs is found in Him. And, oddly, this brings him satisfaction.

 

Can I ask you this: Do you realize everything you need is found in Him?

 

So often I’m guilty of being consumed by the things of life. I mean – we live in a real world, with real problems, that bring real worries. (Can I be that honest?)

 

When we realize He is everything we need, then we can be satisfied. Even, dare I say, if we find ourselves in the desert. God is just that good. And, that satisfying.

 

I pray that you’re living in that reality.

 

I know I want to.

 


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Written by scoopsnews on September 2, 2018 – 5:37 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

As Much as You Want

John 6:11

 

“And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks,

he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down;

and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.”

The feeding of the 5,000 is a familiar passage of scripture. It’s actually one of those stories that I grew up with. I can remember going to my papaw’s church – Wofford Missionary Baptist – in Wofford, KY and hearing my papaw preach from this text. I can remember VBS object lessons and even the scene playing out before my eyes on the flannel-graph.

 

You’ll remember the story. Jesus and the disciples are about Kingdom business. For them, the days had been long, and the crowds had been demanding. When the story begins we watch as they get into a boat and cross over the Sea of Galilee. They are crossing over to retreat: To escape from the crowds and recharge. In fact, in Mark’s account of the same scene, Jesus invites the disciples to come apart and rest a while. Everybody needs rest. So, now it was time.

 

Reaching the other shore, we watch as they get out of the boat and walk up on the hillside, the mountain and sit. There’s no conversation recorded. We just get the sense that they’re looking forward to spending some alone time with their teacher. But, that changes quickly . . .

 

Jesus looks up and there they are. A crowd of at least 5,000 men. (I say at least because the term ‘men’ is gender specific in the original language. This has led many scholars to believe that the number would have been much greater if you would include the women and children. Howeveryou view it – 5,000 or more – it’s not a small crowd.)

 

I won’t bother going through the entire story. You probably know it anyhow. In brief, Jesus takes a boy’s lunch (five loaves and two small fish) and feeds this crowd. Not only feeds them but fills them.

 

It’s an incredible scene. And, I can’t help but think that if anybody left that hillside hungry that day, it was nobody’s fault but their own. If they wanted to be filled, they could be filled. How do we know? Because the text tells us that they all ate as much as they would. Or, in other words, they all had as much as they wanted.

 

That brings me to what I’ve been thinking about this week.

 

Do you realize that you can have as much of Jesus as you want? Everything you and I need has been provided. We make a lot of excuses. But, the reality is, if we are not being filled – it’s our own fault. It’s time that we take seriously the responsibility of our own spiritual intensity.

 

So, let me ask you . . .

 

Are you being filled? Or, are you settling for a nibble.

 

Why would we settle for just enough when He longs to fill us with more than we can ever imagine?

 

Pull up to the table . . .

And, be filled.

 

There is an abundance for those who would simply feast!


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Written by scoopsnews on August 26, 2018 – 1:08 pm -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

I’m Praying for You

2 Timothy 1:3

“I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience,

that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

Have you ever had someone who prayed for you faithfully?

I know from experience that there is something special – something encouraging – about knowing that you’re brought before the throne of God every day. For me, it’s given me confidence when I’ve felt inadequate, strength when I’ve been weak, kept me safe at times that I’m unaware. I’m simply thankful for those that have placed me on their prayer list.

Paul was a man of prayer.

That should be obvious to us when we see the mighty ways God used him to advance the Gospel. I mean, honestly . . . look at his writings. They compose two-thirds of what we call our New Testament. Looking at his life there should be no question that he had a prayer life that became vital to his life. In fact, you could probably conclude that this was the secret to the success of his ministry. We see that heartbeat of ministry in our text today.

A little background . . .

You’ll remember that Paul wasn’t always Paul. When we first meet him in Scripture, he’s holding the cloaks of those who are stoning Stephen. Saul was a very devout Jew; from the right family, headed in the right direction. Everything about this thing called Christianity grated against who he was, what he believed. Having gotten permission to go to a particular region to make all Christians – male, female, child – pay for their belief in Jesus, he’s on a murderous rampage when he encounters the living Christ. And, it changes his life!

 

Once, he desired to destroy or even kill Christians.

Now, he’s birthing believers everywhere he goes.

 

Before, he was on a mission to shut down the early church.

Now, he’s starting churches, upon churches, upon churches.

Paul was more passionate about the cause of Christ as Saul was stopping it!

But now, he’s reached the end.

He’s sitting in a Roman prison. Oh, he’s been here before. He’d often found himself in chains for the cause of the gospel. However, this time is different. This time he knows will be the last. Ultimately, he will give his life for the One he’s been living for since that encounter on the Damascus Road.

Sitting in that dank, dark dungeon, he begins to remember a young preacher, Timothy. He had poured himself into this young man. You might even say that Paul had been his mentor. Well, now Timothy is involved in a ministry of his own. And, this is the last opportunity that Paul with have to stress some crucial things that Timothy will need to know. If the cause of Christ is to advance, Timothy will need to hear this instruction. So, in urgency, he begins to pen this letter.

How does he begin?

I’m praying for you . . .

No list of does and don’ts.

No correction of mistakes he had heard he made.

No stern warning of the pitfalls of ministry.

No ____________.

I’m praying for you . . .

Maybe the most important words this preacher needs to hear.

No doubt, encouraging words from one that means so much.

The heart of the man that had taught him.

Prayer is so essential. It’s not merely a pleasantry. It’s not just something we’ll say we do to offer words of comfort. It’s something we do.

Are you a person of prayer?

Who are you praying for daily?

Do they know?

Let’s learn a lesson from Paul, so we too can say: I’m praying for you.


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Rooted With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on August 19, 2018 – 5:45 am -

 

Billy Huddleston

 Excitement of the Miracle
“But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth
to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, . . . “ (Mark 2:10)
Can you imagine the excitement of the four burdenbearers at this point? This is exactly why they brought their “burden” here. Their journey wasn’t motivated by the concern for this mans sin. They brought the paralytic to Jesus for his physical paralysis to be dealt with. First, Jesus would deal with the spiritual.
Now it was going to happen. They’re around the hole they had uncovered in the roof. They’re dirty, bleeding, tired. But now their efforts would pay off. Jesus was about to lift this burden. Imagine their anticipation as they begin to cheer Him on: “Yes! That’s why we brought him here! Make him walk, make him walk!”
Jesus focuses upon the man on the mat and continues:
“I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house
(Mark 2:11).
The entire crowd is engaged in the moment. Every eye is transfixed on the lifeless form that had been lowered through the roof. Suddenly—     fingers that were motionless start to twitch.
Crooked, bent legs begin to straighten.
Twisted, limp arms gather strength.  
The picture mesmerizes the crowd as the new arms push up from the floor so he can try out his new legs. As he stands, he doesn’t stumble once! As he stretches, squares his shoulders and lifts his head, we notice that he stands as tall as anyone in the house. He looks over at the mat where he had been enslaved with the sentence he had lived with for so long.
He’s going to claim that baggage. He leans over. There’s a gasp as everyone sees—without stumbling—he bends over and grabs the mat. As he throws it over his shoulder, the entire crowd in the house parts. Yes, the same crowd who wouldn’t let him in, now has no choice but to make room for the walking miracle.  
“Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out
in the presence of them all. . . . (Mark 2:12).
He’s walking out!
In full view of everyone.
This is not the same man.
Well, it is the same man.
Only, Jesus has transformed his life.
Jesus has restored this masterpiece!
Can you imagine being there? How would you have responded? Let’s look at their response:
“. . . so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying,
“We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:12)
Their jaws are on the ground. With their very eyes they had seen it. A man lowered through the roof walked out in full view. Amazing. Stunning. Incredible. They’re asking, “What in the world did we just see?
Let’s pause for a moment. It’s time for a question: When was the last time you left a gathering saying, “What in the world . . . ? Not because something chaotic has happened or aspectacle occurred. But, because Jesus came upon the scene in such a real way that there was no other way to explain it. He was simply revealedand lives were changed! Don’t you long for that?
So, when was it?
Has it been recently?
Or, have you ever experienced that?
Isn’t that what we as Christians long for?
We want to see Him!
“We never saw anything like this!”
That’s what they’re saying.
Jesus had changed a life.
In a very public way.
Simply amazing.
Now, He’s on the move. . . . again.

 


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Rooted With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on August 12, 2018 – 4:30 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

And they were astonished . . . (Mark 1:22 NKJV.)

They were astonished . . . that’s the word Mark uses. And it’s not a light word. In the Greek—ekplḗssō. Let’s look at the meaning: “thrown off the original course; to cause to be filled with amazement to the point of being overwhelmed, astounded.”

They were thrown off their original course by his teaching. Amazed, astounded, overwhelmed . . . by His teaching.

Let’s stop for a minute.

Don’t you long for that astonishment?

When was the last time you attended a worship service and were thrown off your original course?

How long has it been since you’ve been amazed by Jesus? Astounded? Overwhelmed? Jaw on the ground saying, “What in the world did I just see?” Are we reaping all the benefits available to us from our Savior?

That’s how they were this day. Today, Jesus was in the house!

This Sabbath the people will receive something they weren’t expecting.

The source of Authority has shown up.

Today they will hear from the Master.

When Jesus began to teach, it wasn’t the opinion of man. No, it was the very word of God spoken through a man sourced by His Father being proclaimed to the people! Other teachers would stress what Dr. so-and-so would say; Jesus would cite no sources. He was the Source! He knew what He was talking about! It flowed through.

Wow.

Amazing.

Overwhelming.

Astounding.

They were thrown off their original course. . . .

The source of authority was in the house!

You do understand that whenever we gather together in His name, He is there. When we gather today, pay attention. Listen. Expect. You might just be astonished.


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“Rooted” With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on August 5, 2018 – 3:28 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

Who are you listening to?
 

“And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.  And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.  And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. For he wistnot what to say; for they were sore afraid.  And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.” – Mark 9: 2-7

 

 

Have you ever been sore afraid?  Have you ever wondered what you should do when you’re in a situation and don’t know what to say?  How do you respond to what’s around you when you feel overwhelmed with life? How do you have a kingdom mindset when you have suffered disappointment and lost all hope?  

 

I’m thankful for the Old Testament phrase, “The Lord is long-suffering.”  So often, we listen to voices of fear, hopelessness and doubt, like the disciples, who didn’t understand what was going on when they awoke, we become overwhelmed with where we find ourselves in life.  Did you know that the enemy will use these things to keep us from being the kind of Christian we want to be?

I’m so thankful for this image in Mark’s gospel.  In the middle of Peter’s ramblings, God’s voice thunders this truth, “This is my beloved Son!  Hear Him!” Friend, when you hear the enemy whisper that you’re inadequate, not worthy, or, any other fear that would cause you to believe that God is not big enough to fight your battles; hear the Heavenly Father speak these words into your situation – This is my beloved Son, hear Him. 

Why?  Because Jesus is truth. Truth has a way of clearing out all the clutter.  No matter what you are being told by other people, news media outlets or statistics, Jesus is the only One who knows what you need.      
      
Sit at the foot of Jesus.  

Hear Him.  

His is the voice of truth.  

 


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“Rooted” With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on July 29, 2018 – 4:56 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

But if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”  – Mark 9:22-24

Like the caring father who sought healing for his son, we oftentimes find tension between faith and belief as we bring our petitions before the Lord.  How can you find hope when it seems as if all hope is gone? How do you find peace when war is raging all around? How do you find life in the midst of death?  It’s difficult, isn’t it? Yet, in spite of all this, I really believe that we want to believe. But, there is always a struggle between faith and doubt; and this is the struggle we find in the passage of Scripture above.

I can’t imagine how overwhelming this whole scene must have been for the boy and the father.  He comes to find Jesus, but Jesus isn’t there. (Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration with Peter, James and John at the beginning of this story.)  Even worse, Jesus’ disciples couldn’t heal his son, then the disciples started arguing and finally, a crowd gathered to watch the outcome. How frustrated this father must have been! 

Then Jesus appears.  I’m so glad that Jesus can do what we cannot do!  I also hope someone is encouraged by the father’s transparent honesty when he said, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.”  Isn’t that so real? Today, we try and appear like we have it altogether. But we don’t. None of us do. But this father understood that Jesus was the only One who could help him.  And you know what? Jesus didn’t scold him and say, “Well, get rid of that unbelief and then I’ll heal your son.” No. Instead, we watch love go to work.

I want you to grasp this because there’s so much here for us. The question is not whether we have a great amount of faith, the question is, “Who is the One in whom our faith is placed?”  The father of the boy admitted that his faith lacked in some areas, but at the end of the day, Jesus wasn’t concerned with the amount of faith the man had, He wanted to make sure the faith he had was in the right place.  Folks, don’t be discouraged by the frustration you’re experiencing. Don’t be paralyzed by your inability to be able to handle your problem on your own. Don’t be intimidated by the crowd. Why? Because Jesus can do what we can’t.  Just place your faith in Him alone!

 


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Written by scoopsnews on July 15, 2018 – 8:04 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

True Satisfaction

Psalm 37:4

“Delight thyself also in the Lord;

and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

I remember a conversation I had with a friend a few years ago. It was a conversation that was filled with pain, confusion, and longing. I want you to know that my friend is a good person. Actually, a Godly person. And yet, there seemed to be some things that were simply out of reach . . . things prayed for, believed for, longed for. But, sometimes time can be an uncooperative thing. Especially when you’re praying, believing, longing and nothing seems to be happening.

That’s when my friend brought up Psalm 37:4:

“I’m doing everything I know to do. I’m serving Jesus. I love Jesus with all my heart. I’m delighting in Him. Yet, there’s this desire that’s going unfilled . . . a longing that seems out of reach . . . So, tell me what I’m doing wrong. I’m delighting in Him, so why?”

Can you relate?

Have you been there?

Are you there now?

I don’t think my friend is alone is asking these questions. We’ve all been there. We don’t understand why things are happening the way they are. Or, why they’re not happening at all. Maybe, we’ve even held on to Psalm 37:4.

I want to ask you a question.

An, honest question.

Please, think a bit with me.

Could it be that we’re making Psalm 37:4 say something that it doesn’t actually say? Is it possible that we’re using it to simply fulfill our worldly desires? Perhaps, there is a greater meaning to this text that will lead us to a level of true satisfaction. Let’s look at what the verse actually says.

To fully understand what the psalmist is saying, there are two questions that we need to answer:

The first, what does it mean to delight in something?

And second, what is a desire?

What does it mean to delight in something?

When considering the definition of delight, we realize that to delight is to gain great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment. It could be described as a feeling of very great pleasure, or what brings great pleasure.

If we apply this to the statement in the psalm it would look something like this:

“Gain your great pleasure, great satisfaction, great enjoyment in the Lord . . .”

What is a desire?

We’ll do the same here as we did before, we’ll simply define desire. Desire defined carry’s the thought of a craving, a wish, a longing, or what you really want. This longing, craving is for what will bring satisfaction or enjoyment. It’s an expressed wish with the objective to obtain.

So, let’s apply this thought to the second half of our verse:

“. . . and He shall give thee that which you crave, wish, long for . . .

He shall give thee that which brings satisfaction or enjoyment of thine heart.”

Do you see it?

The answer is right there in the meaning of the words!

“Gain your great satisfaction in the Lord;

and He will give you that which satisfies.”

In other words, when He becomes that which brings great satisfaction in our lives, He will give that which satisfies. He will give us more of Himself, His presence. Then, we’ll find what true satisfaction is all about!

When we’re always seeking other things we’ll never have enough. It will simply be a constant search for the next thing that will bring us temporary enjoyment, pleasure. But, when He becomes our deepest craving, longing – He’ll give more and more of Himself and we’ll find He is enough. Until He is enough, we’ll never have enough. But, when we understand He is enough, then we’ll have all we need.

So, let me ask a few more questions:

What is it that you crave? Long for?

Where is your great satisfaction found?

Is He that which brings great satisfaction in your life?

Only when He becomes our longing, our craving, our great satisfaction will we ever know true satisfaction.

Be encouraged this week.

Find your longings met in Him.


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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 8, 2018 – 6:32 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

Just What He Needed

Mark 2:1-5

This week’s Rooted is a little longer than normal. I hope that you’ll read it all the way through. This is one of the most beautiful pictures that I’ve seen in Scripture – the way that Jesus deals with an outcast – in quite some time. I pray that it will speak to you like it has spoken to me.

He was tortured—not only by his condition but also by his mindset.  He was a paralytic. His body was useless. He couldn’t do any of the things normal people would do. Simple things such as going for a walk, feeding himself, going to the restroom alone, cleaning himself, and going to synagogue were all out of the question for him.

He was completely dependent upon others to complete these simple tasks that we so easily take for granted. Physical needs can be tended to. Perhaps begrudgingly, but there would be those who would care enough to do what was necessary. They would bear the burden of another. They would tend to this man’s physical needs.

We’re more than just physical beings, however. We’re packed with feelings, and powerful emotions. He was not exempt.

Of course, no one can know—no one besides the man—what he was truly feeling. However, we doknow how others felt about him. With the exception of his four genuine friends, others believed he was getting what he deserved. Surely his affliction was a penalty for a huge sin in his life. (Remember the question in John 9:1-5 that the disciples asked about the blind man: Is this man blind because of sin in his life or sin in his parents’ lives?) It’s the same idea as the leper; because of sin in his life God has removed His hand of mercy.

This was payment.

This was deserved.

Memory Is a Powerful Thing

If you’re told something long enough—regardless of reality—you begin to believe it. If a father tells his son he’s stupid over and over again, he’ll eventually believe it. Memory is why elephants can be controlled with simply one small chain attaching one foot to a tree stump.

Rooted With Billy Huddleston

Rooted With Billy Huddleston

When the elephant is still a baby, the owner chains it to something heavy, so he won’t escape camp. It’s free to roam during the day, but each night it’s chained. Eventually, the elephant grows in size, weight, and strength. When the chain is put back on his foot and fastened to a small stump, he could easily pull the stump out of the ground or even break the chain. But because of the elephant’s strong memory, he believes the chain is stronger than he is. While his foot is chained, he is forever a prisoner to the chain.

Transition to the paralytic.

For years he’d been chained to feelings of inadequacy.

He was tortured.

Ostracized. The name-calling. And so many questions.

Why him? Why this? Will it ever end?

Maybe the stain went much deeper. Maybe he knew what he’d done. If the paralysis was the result of some terrible accident later in life, perhaps he could point to the sin, the cause for this result. No one else might know, but he did. He felt he deserved it, that this was fair penalty.

If only he could go back . . .

make different decisions . . .

his life would be different.

The mat was a sentence—

a life sentence that he would have to accept.

 

Taken to Jesus

He was tortured.

But, Jesus was in the house.

They carry him to Jesus.

You remember the scene in our last chapter. We witnessed the effort of the four friends. Their care and concern was evident. But, the house was overflowing. They’ve got to get to Jesus. This burden had become too much to bear. Touching Jesus was all that mattered.

The curiosity of the crowd kept them from getting through the door.  The desperation of their circumstance and the determination not to let this opportunity pass found them on the roof. They lay him down in the corner and spring into action. Unroofing the roof. Removing the tile. Digging through the thatch and mortar. As they labor, he’s once again alone with his thoughts. . . .

Was he embarrassed? I wish they wouldn’t. I didn’t ask for this.

Was he angry? You have no idea how I feel! And you’re only making it worse!

Was he self-conscious? Once again, the center of attention. The stares never end.

Was he grateful? Thank you! You’re enabling me to accomplish what I could never do on my own.

He Was Confused

He probably felt a mixture of all the above. Plus—he felt judged!

Let’s not lose sight of what’s going on here. He was the punished—the outcast seemingly as judgment of God.

Now, he’s had a stark reminder of how the people felt about him as they refused to let them pass through the door. He was able to hear the insults, to see the looks of disdain. It was simply the reality of his condition—the repeated percussion of worthlessness and despair.

On top of this, the men who had carried him here were now doing the unthinkable. They were tearing a hole in the roof. Do you realize how improper this action is?

Normal people don’t act this way.

The roof is there for a reason.

It affords shelter from the elements and shade in the day.

It’s protection from intruders of all kind and provides warmth on a cool night.

You simply don’t destroy another’s property.

What would the homeowners say?

What would they do?

This is completely out of line!

 

It’s an Interruption

Don’t forget what’s going on inside the house—what they’re about to interrupt. The Teacher is there. After all, that’s why the crowd has come. This is a teacher unlike any other. He teaches as though He actually knows what He’s talking about.

He speaks with authority!

Rabbis or teachers didn’t like to be interrupted.

It wasn’t looked upon favorably by either student or teacher.

But, that’s exactly what was going to happen.

Questions mounting.

An unclean, unwanted, unwelcome vandal. That’s what he has become.

What would be the reaction of the crowd?

How would the homeowner respond?

What would the teacher do?

 

Tortured.

There’s no other word for it.

He felt tortured.

It pulsated through his veins.

It taunted his thoughts.

It seared like a branding iron on soft skin.

All the questions would soon be answered. The men approach. With bleeding, dirty hands they take the corners of his prison. They lift and carry him to the hole they’ve made in the roof.

They lower him down. In front of everybody . . . right to the feet . . . of Jesus.

Look at him. Do you see the concern on his face? It’s written all over. The fear? The worry? Life has treated him harshly.

Jesus saw.

Wow. Aren’t you thankful that we have a Jesus who’s concerned about the entire individual? There it is: The benefit! Can you place yourself on that mat? It’s all about you. You’re center stage. Christ’s eyes are focused on you.

He saw his physical need. There’s no question about this. Everybody could see it. He’s on a mat. His body is a twisted, tangled, useless mess. After all, that’s why they brought him here. He can’t walk. He can’t do anything. Physically, he’s broken. His life had become nothing but a burden, to him and everyone else.  

 

What Jesus Sees

Jesus sees beyond the exterior to the interior. He is aware of much more than just the physical brokenness of this man. Looking beyond the shell, He sees the isolation, hurt, questions, and messy emotions. In other words, He sees the torture. He cares for the whole person.

Questions. Fears.

Feelings of inadequacy.

Tortured.

How would the teacher respond?

All questions are answered as Jesus begins to speak:

 

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic,  

“Son, your sins are forgiven you”  (Mark 2:5).

Did you hear it?

“So . . .”

That’s how He begins. The first word He says is son.

That’s a big deal.

You see, it really is about YOU.

 

May we pause here for just a minute?

 

If we’re not careful we’ll read right over and miss the beauty of what’s going on. It’s easy to assume that this type of speech was common in Jesus vernacular. But it wasn’t.

This type of language is familial language. In other words, it’s the language of family. In the context of Jewish society in this biblical time if you were referring to one as son, he was actually your son.

Or, if you called someone child or daughter, she really was your child or daughter. It’s family talk. It’s very intimate. And, Jesus simply didn’t talk like this often. He would use the word son if He were speaking of one’s son, or daughter if He were referring to one’s daughter. But for Him to actually address someone as son or daughter was rare.

 

Three times.

That’s all.

That’s a big deal.

 

It’s a really big deal when you begin to realize that the only times you hear Him talk like this is to the outcast, the unwanted, the insecure. The words come from His mouth as an embrace to a fearful child. In the midst of turmoil He speaks comfort, peace, reassurance. Such a beautiful sound!

The only other times Jesus does this is in Mark 5:34 and in John 13:33.

They brought him to Jesus.

The callousness of the crowd made the house impenetrable.

A hole has been torn in the roof.

The instruction time of the Teacher has been interrupted.

The look of concern was on the man’s twisted face.

Tortured.

 

Jesus sees this man. Really sees him. Sure, He sees his physical need. However, He’s sees much more than that. First and foremost, He sees a heart that needs to be reconciled to his Father. He’ll deal with that for sure. His perception is perfect. There’s nothing hidden. He sees the feelings of inadequacy, hears the questions from his heart of why?

The incorrect thinking was obvious and needed to be corrected. So, with a word He verbally caresses the discomfort . . . erases all concern . . . embraces him with His word.

 

Son.

The first word He says.

He knew him.

He loved him.

He called him son.

Jesus lifts the man from the mat emotionally before He ever lifts Him physically.

His word spoke life.

Just what He needed.

 

Listen.

And, hear Him speak words today that you need to hear . . .

 


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An Unexpected Interruption

She Was Broken Physically. . .

“And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years,

came from behind. . .” (Matthew 9:20)

Mark adds this:

“. . . and had suffered many things from many physicians” (Mark 5:25-26).

Twelve years

4,383 days

6,311,520 minutes

378,691,200 seconds she had dealt with this issue.

It wasn’t normal. It wasn’t right. She had tried everything she knew to do. Doctors visited. Prayer after prayer has been prayed. Medicines taken and applied. Home remedies: Two chicken feathers dipped in lamp oil and matted with freshly shorn wool. She tried it all, but nothing would bring the relief she needed and longed for. What hopes were lingering now are beginning to diminish. She’s had her last doctor visit. She was no longer welcome to any physician.

She Was Broken Financially. . .

“She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse”

(Mark 5:26).

What little glimmer of hope she may have had in the medical profession was now gone. Considering that even if there were a wonder doctor that relocated to her area she wouldn’t be able to see him. Or, if some miracle cure was discovered, some newly researched medical breakthrough, it would be of no help to her. Why? She couldn’t afford it. She had written her last check. The bank had closed her account. Everything was gone. She had exhausted her funds. What a mess.

She Was Broken Spiritually. . .

Deserved. That’s what they thought. It’s a working out of the sin in her life. She must be some sort of pervert . . . she’s receiving punishment. God’s punishment. He had removed His hand from her life. She saw it in their eyes. The judgement. The disdain. All this had her an emotional wreck.

She Was Broken Relationally. . .

She’d never have a family of her own. Her condition made it impossible. Whatever bed she sat on, she would defile. She was unlovable, unwanted. Certainly she was being punished. She might as well just wait for it all to come to an end.

Broken.

That’s what she was. There’s just no other way to put it.

Completely broken.

What do you do with broken things?

Throw them out.

Get rid of them.

Carry out the trash.

The garbage must be discarded.

But, not the Artist. . . He’s at work and He sees a masterpiece.

She matters to the Father. He’s willing to move heaven and earth to help her. It’s all about her.

That’s how long she’s been waiting, how long she’s suffered. That’s how long she had been broken. But today something’s about to change.

“When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd

and touched His garment. For she said,

‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well’” (Mark 5:27-28).

With the words “If only . . .” on her tongue, she makes her way to Jesus. I’m sure her heart sinks as she sees the crowd crushing in. She uses what little strength she has to edge her way through that crowd. They’re relentless. She’s weak, frail.

Tossed around like a ping-pong ball, she pushes her way through. In an instant she’s thrown to her knees. . . but, she can’t stop now. She’s almost there. When she gets within an arm’s length of Jesus, she reaches out her frail, trembling hand and grabs the edge of His garment and:

“Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up,

and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction” (Mark 5:29).

Immediately.

In an instant what she had given everything for she received. What she had sought after for twelve long years she found in a touch of the Artist. Reworked. Restored. She came to Him in pieces, now she leaves in His peace.

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

An unexpected interruption.

That’s the only way you can describe what just happened.


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