Genie or Jesus?

Continuing his discussion of Jesus healing the paralytic (Mark 2:1-5), author Timothy Keller (King’s Cross) recognizes that at the moment the paralytic was lowered through the roof to Jesus, Jesus had the power to heal him right on the spot- just as He has the power to immediately act on our requests.  However, Jesus knows that we need Him to go much deeper than that.  Pastor Keller explains our choice is a genie or Jesus:

“He (Jesus) actually has the power and authority to give each of us what we’ve been asking for on the spot, no questions asked.  But Jesus knows that’s not nearly deep enough . . . . we don’t need someone who can just grant our wishes.  We need someone who can go deeper than that . . . . In short, we need to be forgiven.  That’s the only way for our discontent to be healed . . . . And we will discover that in the process of dealing with our deepest wishes, Jesus has revealed an even deeper, truer one beneath- and it is for Jesus himself.  He will not just have granted that true deepest wish, he will have fulfilled it.”

Romans 12:2- “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”




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Dave Henning

  • “Do not be conformed……well written, it’s a gentle admonishment to be aware of the pitfalls that can lie before us. We are all susceptible to this warning, ……listen carefully, don’t let your guard down….but when we do trip and fall, get up, brush sin off from our clothing, ask for forgiveness and move forward, trying to remember what happened that caused our mistakes. “Renewing of your mind…..” isn’t that Grace? God giving us yet more chances to continue in His love, not to dwell on our mistake but to encourage us to make His choices, again and again. Can anyone or anything make that claim to power?

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