Mark 2; 2 Samuel 4-5; Daniel 2:24-49
It was another standing room only crowd. Jesus seemed to draw a lot of those. Jesus was preaching and was suddenly interrupted with bits of roof fallinng down on Him followed by a man being lowered down gently on a mat. This new guy was paralyzed. Jesus, continuing His preaching theme, forgave the man’s sins. This caused the Scribes to sputter wondering how this backwoods preacher had the gall to forgive sins, since that action belonged to God alone. Then Jesus understood their hearts. “Which is easier to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’?” (Mark 2:9) How hard is it to tell someone their sins are forgiven? Think about it. Your sins are forgiven. That statement is true if you choose to accept it. Anyone of the people there could have said that. Anyone today can say it with authority because of the forgiveness of God. The Scribes who objected had heard Jesus preaching about the Kingdom. They had no doubt seen some miracles performed by Jesus. Yet here they objected to the most beautiful statement of all: “Your sins are forgiven.” Too many people are crippled emotionally by sin. Too many people are wandering around thinking that God can’t love them because of their sin. They don’t know about His forgiveness and grace. Our job is to let people know that they are forgiven. We need to let them know of God’s love and grace. How hard can that be?
Dear Lord, You have forgiven me when I didn’t deserve it. You have shown Your grace and forgiveness to me because of Your great love. Let me be the agent of Your love and grace to those I meet today. Let me show them Your forgiveness.