Sunday, October 25, 2009

We've never seen anything like this!

Jesus was creating a sensation!
Come to think of it, he still does!!

Everywhere he went, people were getting healed. That was drawing the crowds big time, but it was what he said, and what he claimed, that was astonishing...

Mark 2
A Paraplegic
1 -5 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren't able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, "Son, I forgive your sins."

Excuse me, did we hear right? Did that mere mortal man just say to that poor sick guy that he was, right on the spot, forgiving his sins?

6 -7Some religion scholars sitting there started whispering among themselves, "He can't talk that way! That's blasphemy! God and only God can forgive sins."

They might be part of a dead religion - all rules and no relationship. But they did have their theology down. They were right on, in that regard. No one can forgive sins but God Almighty, creator of the universe...

8 -12Jesus knew right away what they were thinking, and said, "Why are you so skeptical? Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, 'I forgive your sins,' or say, 'Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking'? Well, just so it's clear that I'm the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both . . ." (he looked now at the paraplegic), "Get up. Pick up your stretcher and go home." And the man did it—got up, grabbed his stretcher, and walked out, with everyone there watching him. They rubbed their eyes, incredulous—and then praised God, saying, "We've never seen anything like this!"

Did Jesus just claim to be God Almighty? Did he just do a miracle to back it up?

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