the whole iceberg

marmsky devotions pics January 2017 (12)


Luke 5:17-20

Luk 5:17 Now on one of those days, while he was teaching, there were Pharisees and experts in the law sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem), and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.
Luk 5:18 Just then some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They were attempting to bring him in and place him before Jesus.
Luk 5:19 But since they found no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him down on the stretcher through the roof tiles right in front of Jesus.
Luk 5:20 When Jesus saw their faith he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

the whole iceberg

The faith of the paralyzed man’s friends consisted of a desire to get him to Jesus, any way possible. It was also iceberg faith. There was much more to it that everyone else could not see. Their faithfulness to their friend would also lead to faithfulness to God and others, and eternity in the new creation. When Jesus saw their faith, he saw it all, not just the present manifestation of it. Thus, he could pronounce forgiveness. He saw the whole iceberg.

LORD, give us the courage to manifest our faith, and bring others to Jesus.


About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at -- !
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