Don’t Take One Without The Other

Chapter 2 of Mark opens with a story about great faith.  Four men ripped a hole in the roof of a house to lower their paralyzed friend down to Jesus because the crowd prevented them from getting into the house any other way. You’d have to be pretty sure of the outcome to go to those extremes to get what you need.  What they were seeking was healing for their lame friend.  But Jesus, upon seeing this man, said “Your sins are forgiven.”  Why would Jesus tell him his sins were forgiven when it was rather obvious he was in need of a physical healing?   And, of course, upon saying this, the religious teachers that were there thought this was blasphemy, because, after all, only God can forgive sins.  These were their thoughts, but the Bible says they didn’t actually verbalize them.  So the fact that Jesus addressed their “thoughts” should have given them a clue to who He was.  Jesus was very clever. He went on to ask them which was easier to do – to tell a paralyzed man his sins are forgiven or to tell him to stand up and walk.  In other words, to forgive him of his sins or heal him.  Jesus knew that these men knew that only God could do either but in forgiving sins, who would really ever know.  The physical healing, however, required evidence, so that would be the more difficult of the two. So if Jesus could heal him, then He could also forgive him of his sins.  Jesus then told them He would prove that the Son of Man (referring to Himself) had the authority on earth to forgive sins.  And, we all know that Jesus did heal the paralyzed man, thus proving His point. Do you believe that God forgives us when we sin.  Most people have no problem believing that He does.  But, for some reason, we struggle with healing.  Your forgiveness and your healing were both bought and paid for together on the cross.  Don’t receive one without the other!

5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6  Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)

13 As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal—it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed. Daniel 7:13-14 (NLT)