Jesus’ Authority to Forgive
You know living in a small town or city can be great but it also has it challenges. Some of the challenges of living in a small town is that people know your business. The local coffee club is alive and active in its discussion of politics or social events that are happening locally as well as around the country. One of the unique challenges of living in a small town or city is that if you become well known others will discuss your comings and goings whether you like it or not. Please read Mark 2:1-12 as others have noticed that Jesus is back in town (Capernaum). As word about Jesus being back in town and at home people gathered together at his place of residence and as they did he preached or taught the word to them. Can you imagine sitting in the same room with Jesus as he preaches and teaches the word? For a change the people would have the proper interpretation and application so that they could express their love to the Lord through their obedience as they rightly apply his word to their lives. What would happen in the church today across our country if pastor’s gave the proper interpretation and application of God’s Word to God’s people? It’s a sad truth but we often cover pride or a denominational or personal stance with the word’s in my humble but correct opinion. Jesus didn’t do that and people were able to listen and apply God’s instruction correctly to life lives. During Jesus’ preaching a group of folks brought a paralytic to him and the place was so crowded that they brought him to Jesus through a whole in the roof that they had made. We learn from Jesus that he will often tell us what we need to here instead of what we want to hear. He told the paralytic what he needed to hear, “your sins are forgiven.” Sin had paralyzed this man. We don’t know what his sin was but could it be that in your life sin is paralyzing you? When you come to Jesus he will help you to correctly listen and apply his word to your life so that you can live a life pleasing to God. He also loves you enough to tell you what you need to hear- the truth when you come to him. He often tells us what the sin or sins in our lives that we need to repent of so that we can walk with him in fellowship. As we come to Jesus we need to know this truth and remember it- he knows our heart and that we cannot hide anything from him. He loves us enough to confront us. He did this with the scribes and he will do it with us as well. Jesus’ authority to forgive sins is validated before the scribes as he gives the command, “Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” The paralytic rises picks up his bed and goes home as a forgiven man. Have your heard the most important word’s from the Lord Jesus you will ever hear: your sins are forgiven?