40 days with Christ – day 2 (Mark 2:1-12)
Day 2 – Jesus has the authority… to forgive sins!
Dear Father in Heaven:
Help Us to reflect on the truth we find in your holy scripture not just for this moment, but throughout the rest of this day that you’ve given to us. We know that every good and perfect gift comes from you God. We thank younot only for all the good you have donebut we also thank you in advance for all the good you have yet to do in our lives.
We pray in Jesus name. AMEN.
TODAY’S READING: Mark 2:1-12 (New International Version*)
Imagine the commotion encompassing Capernaum. Talk about huge crowds…there were so many people that not only was there no room in the house, you couldn’t even find a good spot to see or hear Jesus outside the door!
Then thingswere starting to get a little crazy! Dirt falling from above as you see four mendigging through the roof and lowering a paralyzed man down through the ceiling! Truth be told, you or I might tend to say “Hey! Don’t destroy the roof!” But Jesus immediately sees beyond materialistic concerns and focusesinstead on the great faith of the man and his four friends. Even more surprising, instead of immediately addressing the man’s most obvious physical need, Jesus goes deeper still still and says “Son,your sins are forgiven.”
Someteachers of the law are present. Knowing that only God can forgive sin, theytake offense. Then Jesus says thereis something he wants us to know. What does Jesus want us to know? Listen closely. He says, “I want you to know the son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins!”
Then Jesusheals the man and everyone was amazed saying “We have never seen anything like this before!”
You have the power to meet our deepest needs- not only our physical needs but our spiritualneeds as well. For You have the authority…to forgive!
Please help us to know this truth. Not just with a surface mental knowledge but to knowit experientially and fully. Help us to become amazed at your power and authority.
Father God- We praise you for there truly is nobody as amazing as your only begotten son Jesus Christ!
And it is in the name of Jesus that we pray. Amen!
Thanks so much for joining us today. You are of course invited to come back again tomorrow for day 3 of our ongoing series “40 days with Christ”!
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