And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, Son, your sins are forgiven you. And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Arise, take up your bed and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins. He said to the paralytic, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house. Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, We never saw anything like this! (Mark 2:1-12 NKJV)
I’ve heard many Pastors use this story in Mark to encourage, motivate, and compel their people to invite and even bring lost people to church. And because of this, people now have come to believe that Jesus only shows up at church and the only place to meet Him is inside of those four walls.
John writes that as Jesus is in Heaven so are we here on earth (See 1 John 4:17). Unfortunately because of what we have been conditioned to believe from these sermons, we have forgotten the real reason Jesus came to earth for. Jesus came to get the sin out of us so that God could come live inside of us through His Spirit. I heard Steven Furtick, Senior Pastor of Elevation Church, put it this way “Jesus died so that He could rise. And He rose so that He could live through us.” And that is why John wrote what he did in 1 John 4:17. Because of this we are just like Jesus.
My uncle, Wayne Negrini, sings a song called “You’re the only Jesus.” The chorus says “You’re the only Jesus some may ever see. You’re the only words of life that some may ever read. So let them see in you the One in Whom is all they’ll ever need. You’re the only Jesus that some will ever see.” We don’t have to bring people to Jesus anymore. We bring Jesus to them. Wherever we go, Jesus goes. We don’t have to bring them to church in order for them to meet Jesus. We are the church, and whenever they meet us, they meet Jesus.
Don’t worry anymore about you’re family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers not coming to church every time you invite them. Most of the time they won’t come to church because the people, the masses, or the crowd is holding them back or keeping them from getting to Jesus just like in Mark. And you try everything in your power to cut a hole in the roof in order to get them to Jesus forgetting that God has placed you in your family, at your job, at your school, in your neighborhood on an assignment. To be Jesus to them because to them you’re the only Jesus that they’ll ever see.
So don’t try to bring them to Jesus, bring Jesus to them.