Home beckons us to God. Home beckoned Jesus when He walked the earth. Just like it beckons us to come and dwell with the Him in the place He designed for us. You were meant to inhabit Heaven. To occupy its blissful space and take up residence. Where eternity begins and never ends, with love forever igniting new joy for the life to come. Jesus also valued the idea of “home” here on the earth as He transitions from calling His twelve disciples, healing, teaching and preaching. Home possesses an innate value to Jesus considering He comes from a home called Heaven. A perfect home. An angelic home. A pure and untainted home. Yet when He walked the earth, the home of His dwelling place was anything but perfect. It was laden with the aftermath of the fall, where sin and the erosion of its effects marked the space. But Jesus chose to enter into it. He chose to enter into our imperfect world and our imperfect homes to make His home with us. And beckon us into His Heavenly Home for all of eternity.
The Marks of Jesus we will talk about in today’s study.
Verse 1: Home
Verse 2: Full Capacity
Verse 3: Friendship
Verse 4: Reckless Behavior
Verse 5: Immortalization
This week in Marked by Jesus: Mark 2:1-5, we find Jesus at home, which is one of the few instances during His ministry we find Him here in the gospels. Most of His time is spent out in the various cities travelling to tell people about the Kingdom of God. And in doing so, heal them, teach His virtues, invite them into relationship, and fulfill the mission of His life which is to die for the sins of mankind. Jesus walked with a strong mission. But He takes time to refresh and rejuvenate for the rest of His travels here in this passage. At home. And as He does, He inevitably attracts the people to Him. Wherever He goes, people are beginning to know His whereabouts and they want to see Him. They want to come to Him. They want to hear Him. They want to be touched by Him. In this passage, a group of friends travel to Jesus’ home and recklessly make their way inside to see Him. And to bring their friend to Jesus for healing. Will Jesus acquiesce to their arrival? Will He let them enter His home? We see the heart of Jesus in how He interacts with these friends and all of the people even while at home. Reckless love marks Him and reckless love marks the ones who flock to Him. May we learn of the marks of His heart and soul in this passage and carry His essence within us.
Verse 1: The Mark of Home
“And when He returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at home.
There’s a time to come home. To be at home. To rest at home. To dwell at home. To refresh at home.
You were created to possess a home.
Jesus spent time at home during His travels.
In verse 1 of Mark chapter 2, Mark tells us Jesus is located at home for a few days following a period of time where He travelled, taught and healed.
In the Greek text, the word used for “home” in verse 1 is “oikos.” This word describes “a house or dwelling place.” It refers to both a literal house and also a familial house or lineage. Many times over the term house is used in the Bible to describe realities such as “the house of Israel, “the house of the Lord” or “My Father’s House.” It denotes God’s House in Heaven and God’s House of His people. Thus, the word home symbolizes Jesus’ physical home here in Capernaum which Mark identifies as belonging to Jesus and also symbolizes the home of God. It reminds us that Jesus is someone who values the idea of home and comes in order to bring us home to Him. Wherever He is, that is home. And people want to be in His house.
This passage picks up after the last passage of chapter 1 where Jesus has just healed a man with leprosy and had instructed the man not to say anything. But the man does not obey Jesus and instead goes into the town and tells everyone.
This incites a mass following, which is not bad for Jesus in terms of beckoning souls to know Him and come into the Kingdom of God, but it does put a target on His back with the religious leaders who are now beginning to learn who Jesus is and will start to try to thwart Him. Jesus knew that was coming, but He needed to minister for as long as He could without that friction. So you will see Jesus often withdraw when the crowds swarm, or when He has had a long day of teaching and healing, both to refresh and to avoid the conflicts at bay so that He can prolong His ministry. He cannot die too early or else He cannot fulfill He whole mission. He needs the whole 3 years of His planned ministry to keep going. So here in verses 1-5 we find Jesus withdrawing to spend time at home for a few days in Capernaum.
Sometimes you need to spend some time at home before you get back out again.
Home revitalizes you and refreshes you wholistically for the mission ahead of you.
This is a significant observation in the text and in the storyline of Jesus’ ministry, because for most of his travels He spends His nights in other host homes. Either hosted by His disciples, their families, or other families in the towns where He travels. But at this point in the timeline, Jesus rests at home. His home. Jesus has a home. Soon, the people will find out He is home and they will come to see Him. This mirrors our destiny of coming to be with Jesus in His Home, Heaven.
Proverbs 3:33 says, “The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.”
What is the house of the wicked? Any house that refuses to say Jesus is Lord and King, or a house that does not want God. It does not mean your house is perfect. It means you want God in your life and you aim your heart to that virtue.
Jesus blesses a home that seeks Him, no matter what we go through along the way. No matter the mistakes, the flaws, the difficulties. When we know who our God is, we know the exceedingly and abundant love He has for us as Ephesians 3:20-21 says and that truth roots our home in His heart of love. So that we incur His blessing and favor upon us.
Look to God. Look to Zion. Look to Jesus. In everything, and that is all you need in order to experience a blessed home. For Jesus alone makes us righteous. Not anything we do. Him alone. And because He does, we are then able to bear fruit and produce good things because of His Holy Spirit at work in us and at home in us.
“Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.” 2 Samuel 7:29
Jesus wants to bless your house. Jesus indwells you. So you are His home.
Jesus draws His people to Himself through you.
Everyone wants to be in Jesus’ home.
Verse 2: The Mark of Full Capacity
“And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And He was preaching the word to them.”
Jesus attracts people.
Jesus attracts so many people that His house was maxed out to full capacity.
This is mark of a person who is making a difference. Someone who everyone wants to be around. When you feel maxed out and at full capacity, remember… that is mark of purpose. That is the mark of impact. That is mark of love. The mark of full capacity: Giving yourself to others.
Verse 2 says there were so many people that “that there was no more room.”
Are you giving of yourself so that there is no more room?
It’s time to up the ante!
Jesus gives relentlessly, sacrificially, and selflessly.
Jesus decides to give of Himself when the people came to Him, even though He is quietly at home at the moment. He does not turn them away. Instead, He begins to talk to them.
When people come to Jesus, He preaches His words to them. Because that what they need to hear. His voice. His truth. His grace. His love. His kindness.
You need what Jesus has to say.
Everyone who came to Him knew it too, and they wanted it.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
All the people came to Jesus’ home once they found out He was there.
People naturally flock to Jesus. And yet, this is also a supernatural phenomenon. To see and experience the soul of a person being drawn to the living God. We were naturally and intrinsically made to know Him. To want Him. To believe in Him. To be in relationship with Him. But it is an act of the Holy Spirit who draws us to Him in a world that has separated us from Him. So that we can one with the God who made us to be His Beloved people.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9
dazzling in light
are the people made for life
made for love
made for touches
made for the King
who is always enough
Verse 3: The Mark of Friendship
“And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic carried by four men.”
Friends carry you to Jesus.
When Jesus is present, He attracts people to Him. Not just the ones who need Him, but the ones who are connected to others who need Him.
In verse 3, we see four men carrying another man into the place where Jesus is. Because the man could not get inside by himself.
Do you have people to carry you when you need it?
Uplifting friends build you up and carry you farther than you could go on your own.
This man was already blessed because He had a group of friends who loved him enough to carry his literal body on their backs into the presence of Jesus. It took four men to carry him. And they wanted to carry him. They did what it took to get him there because they knew if they got him closer to Jesus, Jesus would heal him. Their faith catalyzes the man’s miracle for him.
Friends bring you closer to Jesus.
When you don’t have enough faith for yourself, your friends faith can spur you into healing.
You need friends in your life who will do what it takes to carry you forward and carry you close to God.
“If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Ecclesiastes 4:10
Every human was created for friendship with others. Cultivate good and healthy relationships with people around you.
Strong friendships empower your purpose.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
This is why God created marriage, the sanctity of friendship and love between two people who forge the strongest unit of a partnership as ordained by God. Because humanity was created with two genders, male and female to represent the wholistic identity of the human race. So when a male and female join together in a united bond, they are essentially representing the fullness of the human blueprint in that unit of their togetherness. This is God’s own design, whereby a man and woman reflect the image of God and serve Him together as one flesh.
God said that a man and woman become “one flesh” in Genesis 2:24. Thus, without the other, they are not one flesh. You need both in order to represent God’s paradigm.
What if a person does not have their other human to make their one flesh with? Ask God and wait for Him to give you the right partner. You don’t want to partner with the wrong person. Then, you won’t be able to ever be one flesh at all, but rather you will be two people who are unable to forge a spiritual bond and thus, frustrated in a marriage. Marriage necessitates two people who seek to live eternally with God and want God to be their King in order to be on the same page with one another and be one flesh. You cannot be one flesh with someone who believes differently than you, for your spirits will contradict with one another and not unite.
Trust the God of union to give you the right union. God is in charge and He will lead you in what to do. Never be afraid to do what it takes to eradicate unions where there is no spiritual connection, and forge the right union. Where Jesus is present and active in your relationship connecting your souls together. In love and friendship.
The mark of friendship seals your relationships in pure love. Real love. Gritty love. Love that seeks to emulate 1 Corinthians 13. Love your loved ones with Jesus’ love. And a desire to show them His love and power, just like these friends in Mark chapter 2 brough their friend to Jesus.
Be the kind of friend that leads other people to God.
Verse 4: The Mark of Reckless Behavior
“And when they could not get near Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.”
Reckless love. He loves my reckless love. My fearless love. My passionate love cascading from a heart wide open. He beckons me spirit and soul with a passion emboldened to do anything and everything for Him.
Jesus likes it when you’ll do anything to be close to Him. And I mean anything.
Verse 4 says, “And when they could not get near Him because of the crowd, they cut open the roof above Him…”.
In this passage, a group of friends need to get to Jesus… and there is no way inside. So they cut open the roof. Just to get close to Him. And Jesus responds with delighted love at their audacity.
Did you know Jesus is not mad when you cut open His roof?
He likes skylights. He loves to see the stars at night. The sun too. So He can wake up seeing His Father’s House in Heaven where He is destined to dwell forever.
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” John 14:2
Do what it takes to be with Him!
Cut the roof open.
Blast the doors off.
Bust the windows.
Get in that house!
“How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:17
Jesus moves with action once He sees the display of faith and courage these men show in cutting open the roof. He’s so impressed He bypasses the physical healing and goes straight for the full immortalization for the man in need. He loved it. Blessed it.
Verse 4 says, “because of their faith.”
Reckless love reveals the heights of your faith.
Reckless love sets people free.
Jesus wants that kind of love. The kind of love that will tear the roof off just to get to Him.
He wants your radical love. Your reckless love. Your crazy love. Your reckless love.
“I love those who love Me; those who seek Me will find Me.”
What are you willing to do for your lover?
What are you willing to do for your friends?
In this passage, a man needing healing from Jesus has some outrageous friends. Radical. Crazy. Dangerous. Reckless, even. They wanted to get their friend help so bad they cut a hole in the rooftop. It seems extreme, but if I was in a crisis, these are the kind of friends I would want close to me. The kind of friends who would do anything for me.
That’s who Jesus is, by the way. The friend who would do anything for you. They one who did anything for you. Sacrificed everything for you. Broke protocols for you. He left Heaven… and came to earth to die a death He should not have died, just for you. He broke through Hell for you. Shattered the door of the tomb for you. Shook the earth and the skies for you. And He’s coming back to take you into Heaven with Him forever. That’s the kind of God we serve.
Verse 4 says, “they removed the roof above him” in order to lower him into the house. They vandalized property! And this was Jesus house! he very one they needed to ask to heal their friend is the owner of the very house they cut open. Did they think about what it would cost to repair the roof? Did they think about the possibility of it turning off Jesus to heal their friends? Apparently not. They had gritty faith. Bold faith. Reckless faith. The kind of faith that moved Jesus. They must have knew Jesus. They must have known that Jesus would not be angered by their reckless behavior, which gave them confidence to do what they did. And they were right. Jesus wasn’t mad. He actually ends up being impressed by their faith and heals the man as we will see in verse 5.
Do you know Jesus well enough to cut open His roof just to get to Him?
Do you know how much Jesus loves you? So much so that He isn’t alarmed by reckless passion?
Look at what Jesus did… He came to earth to live as a man and die on two pieces of wood, all the while going toe-to-toe with the religious elite who despised Him. Jesus was not a neat, tame, quiet Jesus. He was reckless Himself. And he understood the kind of reckless behavior that undergirded courageous faith. Thus, He approves.
Reckless behavior for the cause of Jesus sets people free.
Reckless love for the Lord’s purpose brings Him glory.
It’s time to get reckless.
Verse 5: The Mark of Immortalization
“And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
The highest healing of the human heart: eternal resuscitation.
When Jesus immortalizes you, there is no greater healing than that. You are forever made into an eternal being, and every wrongdoing you have committed and ever will commit is wiped away forever. The reason Jesus can immortalize us into a perfect eternal being is because He decided to do what was necessary to be able to impart that to us: sacrifice His own body for the wrongs of the world. His body was perfect, ours was not. His heart was perfect, ours was not. His life was spotless, our was not. We would have died and not have been able to enter into His Heaven because of it. But God already knew that… He knew what would happen when He planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. Sooner or later, Adam and Eve would eat it. And they would know it. And be tainted by sin. But they had to. This is the only way that they could have free will to choose if they wanted a relationship with God or not. And it be genuine. Not a forced relationship. God wanted them to choose Him, so He allowed for the world to be tainted so that everyone would understand what it’s like to live without Him.
It was not an inconvenience for Jesus to die on the cross. It was destiny. Planned. Ordained. Before the beginning of time.
Revelation 13:8 identifies Jesus as “the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.”
Thus, before God ever created man, He knew He would die for them. The only way to have us be in relationship with Him was to die for us in order to immortalize us.
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” Ephesians 1:4
Before God made the earth and knew we would make the mistake of eating the fruit He said not to eat, God chose us to be faultless. How could we be faultless if He knew we would do it? By being connected to the one who makes us faultless: Jesus. He covers you. Makes you holy. Perfect. Blameless. Pure in His eyes. God likes to make you flawless and call you perfect because then He gets to have a relationship with you, and God cannot have a relationship with anything unclean or evil. Therefore, it is to His own benefit that He covers all of our mistakes so that He can share intimacy with us where both of us are perfect in that union.
God wants union with you. Intimate union. Close union.
Adam and Eve did not curse the world with sin. The inevitable reality of evil did. And God chose to let us in on this reality, so that we could be cleansed from it by our own choice of we want to be. Does it make life hard to know about the reality of evil and good? Maybe. But it would not be real life if we did not know about it. It would be a false perfection that would not render us eternal intimacy with an all-knowing God. In order to be closer to God, we have to know what He knows.
Your sins are forgiven if you want them to be… there is no punishment. No catch. No hidden fees. God says… I want you to be Mine forever, so let’s both go through this life together. Knowing what truly exists in the world. For one day, God will eradicate evil forever and we will know it. Then we can live in a real reality of perfection where we know what it cost to give that to us.
Jesus heals the man’s sins before he heals his body, because the soul’s need for healing is greater than the body’s need for healing. Heal the soul and you heal both.
Jesus wants to heal you internally and externally.
Jesus heals you when He sees the faith of the people around you advocating for you.
Verse 5 says He healed the man on the basis of “their faith” not his.
Surround yourself with faith-filled friends who see what you need healed more than you do. They will be your deliverance.
My Favorite Takeaway From The Passage
“When Jesus saw their faith…”
Jesus sees. He sees everything. He is aware of everything. Nothing escapes His gaze. Nothing escapes His attention. Here in this moment, His house is full of people and the voices would have been loud but He sees what is about to happen before it happens. He is the Son of God after all. He does not stop it from happening. He sees it unfold. Then He blesses their faith. He acknowledges it. Affirms it. Approves.
I love that we have a God who sees us. To be seen and known is an intimate exchange. I love that Jesus sees me and wants to see me. And I want Him to see me in return. Lovers are meant to look at one another. And see each other.
I want to be known inside and out by the God who loves me.
Psalm 139:15 of the Message says, “You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.” God makes you into something beautiful and amazing. Lovely and ornate. Intricate and illustrious of His own image. He loves what He sees in you. He loves what He designed in your blueprint of existence and DNA. He loves who you are and everything that makes your heart beat. He wants to be your heartbeat… Let Him love you like He is the best thing to you. Be seen and known by the God who loves you.
you see me
here and there
you see me
then and now
you know me
You love me
You hold me
You uphold me
wrapped around me
with fire drowning me
in Your love
and then You’re here with me again
to feel You again
until You come back for
me and restore
the new earth to New Heaven
where I am destined
to be Yours
close to me
I need You close to me
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16