Jesus Still Forgives Sin … Go Figure ~ blog
After healing the leper Jesus and the gang spent some time in the countryside because He was front-page news. So far, He has cast demons out of people in the Synagogue, healed Peter’s mother-in-law, healed many with various diseases, cast out more demons and then instantly healed a leper.
He has instantly become wildly popular with all the people and unpopular with the Scribes and Pharisees. After all He was healing people on the Sabbath, casting out demons in church, and gathering a following that was huge. And if there was anything the religious leaders did not like was competition. Especially from someone who was doing miracles.
When He returned home to Capernaum a crowd gathered in the home and they were packed in tight and spilling out the door. Jesus was preaching the word to them, but a disturbance was happening above. First, there is noise coming from the roof as particles of dust began falling down. Then somebody is actually pulling parts of the roof off and a hole is being made. Tiny at first and then growing larger.
No doubt Jesus stops teaching, and everyone is looking at what is going on. It is not every day that someone tears a hole in your roof. Then they see the bottom of a man being let down through the hole. Soon, the entire man is being lowered down on his pallet which in Jesus’s time was a mattress filled with straw or quilts made into a compact bed.
The first thing that Jesus notices is the faith these 4 men were demonstrating and their ingenuity at presenting their paralytic friend to Jesus. These men had carried their friend to the house in hope of getting a front-row seat but found the home packed. Yet, they were not detoured by that … they found a rather unique solution to set their friend right in front of Jesus. And Jesus notices the faith of these friends certainly breaking protocol while breaking through the roof.
No conversation takes place. Jesus sees the faith of the friends and simply says to the man;
“Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Remember that in those days people figured that diseases were seen as punishment from God because a person had sinned against God or their parents had sinned.
Having declared to the man that his sins are forgiven a group of Scribes, who were experts in Jewish law are thinking to themselves; “This man is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?” What they did not realize was that Jesus knew what they were thinking and so makes an amazing statement;
“Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He *said to the paralytic, “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.”
And this paralytic does exactly that. He got up, picked up his pallet, and walked out of the house in front of everyone.
Now we know that Jesus is God and has the power to forgive the sins of anyone and everyone. If you have trusted Christ to be your Savior and believe that He died on the cross for your sins, then we are told that all of our sins have been paid for by the death of Jesus and we have been made into new creations in Christ.
However, one of the things I have noticed in working with people who are sexually broken and addicted to sexual sin is they have a tendency to forget that all their sins are forgiven. Even more, they can begin to believe that they are no longer a Christian and that God has rejected and abandoned them because He seems to be silent and not healing them even if they are on their knees pleading with Him.
Listen, this is what almost everyone who has an addiction to anything feels. Filled with shame and guilt over their inability to stop an addictive behavior it only seems to make sense that God runs out of patience, has given us so many chances, and we have failed to keep our promises to stop.
This only seems to make sense. People come to the end of their ropes in putting up with our sinful behavior. Relationships end. Marriages end in divorce. The anger of others toward us comes even from those who try to be forgiving. They have tried to give us time to get our act together and learn to do the right thing … yet we remain entangled in this sin and repeatedly fail to stop.
However, God our Father is not like that. His patience is unlimited because He has saved us by GRACE. In His mercy, He does not punish us like we feel we deserve because all of His punishment for all of our sins was already placed on Christ on the cross.
Out of His Mercy, He has forgiven us of all our sins and out of His Grace He has given us what we could never deserve. He has given us eternal life and we remain members of His family … forever in spite of having an addictive behavior.
Our sins have been forgiven … now today, pick up your pallet and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit so you do not fulfill the desires of the flesh.