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Nothing Could Keep Them From Jesus
By Pastor John

What do the following people have in common?  Each one an unshakable faith. They KNEW that if they reached Jesus, they would be healed.  Nothing could keep them from Jesus.

The Woman Who Had Been Bleeding for Twelve Years
Matthew 9:20-22
20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed." 22 Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment.

God had given this woman a great faith. She knew that if she just touched the cloak of Jesus, she would be healed. Nothing would stop her as she fought her way through the crowd.

Blind Bartimaeus
Mark 10:46-52
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." 52 "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Bartimaeus kept crying out to Jesus. He would not be deterred by the crowd or anything else. He knew Jesus would heal him.

The Paralytic and His Determined Friends
Luke 5:18-25
18 Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven." 21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" 22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...." He said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.

This paralytic man had very good friends. They were determined to bring him to Jesus. They knew by faith that Jesus would heal him. A crowd in the way? No problem. Just cut a hole in the roof.  Nothing could keep them from Jesus.

Is there something keeping you from Jesus?
Pride can keep us from Jesus (we don't want to humble ourselves like the people above did).
Self-will can keep us from Jesus (we think we have a better way).
Worldliness can keep us from Jesus (we don't want to give up anything - including time).
Theology can keep us from Jesus (many Christians don't believe Jesus heals today).
Lack of intimacy with Jesus will keep us from Him (when we aren't talking to Jesus, and listening to Him, our faith suffers).

Seek Jesus with all your heart
Hebrews 11:6
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Matthew 6:33
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 7:7
7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Jeremiah 29:13
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.


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