Back again in Mark 2:1-12, Jesus is now face to face with this broken man. All eyes bounce back and forth between The Messiah and this physically broken man. If we were to look upon Him and have to describe his greatest need it would be that need for physical healing from this palsy/paralysis. What did Jesus see as His greatest need?
Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child (Young Man), your sins are forgiven.” But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? (Who does He think He is?) This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts (why do you have evil in your hearts)?
If this man's greatest and most urgent need was to be forgiven of sin how important is it also to each one of us. No matter what pressing reality that we feel deserves Jesus attention, our first need would be the healing of the great problem of sin. This is forgiveness. Once forgiven we are freed of a 'spiritual paralysis'. If our mighty God were to only offer physical healing and leave our 'Spiritual Man' unable to walk in this life we would still be greatly afflicted.
Our God offers salvation through Forgiveness. He then challenges us to offer forgiveness to others out of love. We get to imitate His great care. Do you stand in forgiveness today in God's eyes? Has their been a time and a place where you asked for the sweet forgiveness of God?
As a forgiven person, do you have any relationships in your life that need your forgiveness? Can you break the bitter power of un-forgiveness and do your part of offering to forgive? Tommorrow's writing will break from Mark 2 to look at this topic of forgiveness in a more direct way. Get ready!
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