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From February 11, 2018:

The paralytic man in Mark 2:1-12 heard that Jesus had returned to Capernaum where he lived. Because he couldn't go himself to see Jesus, four people brought him, but there was a crowd blocking his way at Jesus' door. The four found a way by removing the roof and lowering the paralytic man down to Jesus. "When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.'" The scribes present were thinking, 'It is blasphemy!' Jesus knew this is what they were thinking so he said, "Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Stand up and take your mat and walk'? [so Jesus said], 'I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.' Immediately the paralytic stood up, took his mat, and went out, and all were amazed. All of this happened, "So that you [we] may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…."

If we were paralyzed, what would we want our doctor to say; that we would fully recover from the paralysis? But Jesus said to the paralytic, "Your sins are forgiven." Jesus shows that what is really important is our relationship with God, our relationship with our eternal self!


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