Wednesday Word 10.19.2016
Matthew 9:1-8 (New International Version)
9 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
Healing comes in many forms. Last Sunday, Chris brought us a moving testimony of healing from the Kairos program. How could anyone deny that the man in the video had not been changed in a profound way? Men and women in prison are not the only ones in need of healing.
We can talk about forgiveness and grace until the cows come home. People have a bad habit of looking everywhere but within. If we aren’t able to identify and acknowledge our own dis-ease, our own personal failings, then we will never fully experience the true impact of grace. The astounding thing is that we may spend years and untold energy trying to avoid these self-truths, when the reality is that Our Heavenly Father already knows all about them. We can continue to live with pain or guilt or fear. Or, we can seek healing.
God gave Jesus the authority to forgive sins here on earth. Jesus has made that forgiveness accessible to anyone who seeks it. That healing forgiveness is right there, waiting for you. It will change your life…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ,