Wednesday Word 12.06.2017

Luke 5:18-25 New International Version

18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man 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 I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So 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.

Not only was Jesus saying something unheard of when he told the man his sins were forgiven, he read the minds of his detractors! The whole thing would be enough to freak me out! Can you imagine the scene? All of a sudden, you are seeing dust and debris trickling down as they remove big sections of roof and lower a man to the floor below. Then this mysterious man heals him before your eyes! Before the powerful Pharisees could even voice their consternation, Jesus calls them out on it. I would have been flabbergasted!

Sometimes, when I stop to think about Jesus, I am flabbergasted. It seems as though modern man has a capacity for being so cynical. We are skeptical of what we see and derisive of what we cannot see. I guess there is so much information out there, we are overloaded. Information and misinformation. That can very easily make us suspicious and unsure of what we hear.

“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” That what Jesus wants us to know. There need be no doubt about it. Yet, I hear it over and over. People feel so badly about past mistakes that they just can’t believe that forgiveness applies to them, too. Without realizing it, I was living it! Jesus wants us to know that he came in order to make our forgiveness possible. The authority is his to forgive. We have no authority to decide if and when anyone should be forgiven, least of all ourselves. That is beyond our job description. For that, I am eternally grateful. How about you? Do you know, deep down, that Jesus forgives you? Now that is something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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