– Do you ever think about moments? You know, “stop and smell the roses.”
– or take the moment in…live in the moment…
– A moment is defined as,
“an indefinitely short period of time which has important effects or influence on the future.”
– Life is filled with moments of every shape and size such as: The moment we decide to stand up to our parents, get a job, get married or moments of tragedy, the moment we are diagnosed with an illness, or death of a family moment, the loss of a job or spouse…etc.
– There are many moments that shape who we are and what we become…
– The Bible is filled with moments and people who are defined by them.
– Adam and Eve (In a moment they disobeyed God)
– Abraham in a moment decided to follow God
– Moses In a moment killed a man, and experienced God’s purpose (led slaves)
– Job had a moment to curse God and die, but his faith in God stood strong
– The disciples had a moment to follow a man they knew nothing about to eventually change the world
– Jesus’ Baptism – Matthew 3:16
– As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.
– Temple curtain torn (crucifixion) Matthew 27:51
–At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.
– Peter’s denial of Jesus – John 18:27
– Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.
– Paul received his sight – Acts 22:13
– He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.
READ: Mark 2:1-12
1A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. 5When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7“Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic, 11“I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
– These men where in a moment…
– Jesus had come home! Jesus was in the city he was actually there! This was a huge moment and just before this Jesus was baptized and the voice of God anointed Him, he had been healing many and He was back!
– They had a chance to go and hear Jesus preach
– They made the most of this moment they had brought a friend to Jesus!
I. The friends saw the importance of the moment!
II. The religious leaders missed the moment!
– They missed what Jesus was all about He came to save that which is lost, from Genesis to Revelation God is redeeming humanity back to himself…
— Isaiah 54:7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
— Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.
– The religious leaders were busy thinking about how things were being done and not on who was doing them…
III. Is our church experiencing never before seen moments!
What will you do with your life? What will you do with the moments God has given you…
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’