Tuesday, 17 July 2012
5th July 2012 Matthew 9:1-8
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”. At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”. Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
"Your sins are forgiven." it took me over a decade to accept the simple fact that my sins were truly forgiven. I couldn't compute. I dared not believe. I just didn't feel worth enough. In Zambia I see people who
Open their hearts and their lives entirely to faith, yet there are many who can't or don't believe.
Around the world people are in pain believing they are unloveable and Unforgiveable; those people need our prayers and outreach.