And then some people were carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” Then some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Sand up and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he then said to the paralytic – “Stand up, take your bed and go to your home.” And he stood up and went to his home. When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings.

Matthew 9:2-8

I love this particular healing story. It says so much with so few words.

You see the first roots of evil forming in the hearts of the Jewish church leaders as they suspect Jesus of blaspheming. For, of course, they don’t understand that He has the authority to forgive sins because they don’t understand who he is.

And it shows Jesus’s purpose on earth. He could heal, and He did, but that wasn’t the point. He was here to forgive us of our sins, and eventually to intercede on our behalf so God would do the same. That’s why he forgave the man before He healed him. Also because, let’s face it, being forgiven of your sins is more important than being healed.

WOAH. But it’s true! We spend so much time praying for God to heal us of this ailment, or that worry. Instead we ought to be asking His forgiveness, asking to be healed of sin.

I also notice that while having our sins forgiven is more important, it’s also easier! Jesus says so. So there’s absolutely no reason our sins shouldn’t be forgiven each day if we would just ASK.

This story also shows that illness is a direct result of sin. Nothing like, “God paralyzed me because I committed adultery.” No, it’s rarely that direct. But sickness and injury are a direct result of leaving the Garden of Eden. When we as humans became sinners, we also became subject to disease, and hurt, and want. And that’s why Jesus’s authority to forgive sins is directly related to His authority to heal.

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    The New Testament church began on the Day of Pentecost. Does the church congregation where you worship resemble the Lord’s church. (Acts 2:47…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved) (NKJV).

    Acts 2:22-41……41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (NKJV)
    Acts 2:22-41……41 And those who believed Peter were baptized— about 3,000 in all! (The Living Bible —Paraphrased)

    The 3000 all believed Peter when he preached Jesus as a miracle worker, and as Lord and Christ. They believed Peter when he said that God raised Jesus from the grave. They believed Peter when he told them to repent (repent means to make the intellectual commitment to turn from sin and to turn toward God) and be baptized so their sins could be forgiven. They believed Peter when he told them they would received the gift of the Holy Spirit. (That would be the indwelling of the Holy Spirit Himself.)

    Is that what occurs at the church where you attend?

    Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (NKJV)
    Acts 2:42 They joined with the other believers in regular attendance at the apostles’ teaching sessions and at the Communion service and prayer meetings. (The Living Bible—Paraphrased)

    Is that what occurs at the church where you attend?

    1. Is the apostles doctrine taught or is made-made church tradition taught at your church?
    2. Is the apostles doctrine taught or is a semi-religious entertainment session presented, with skits, jokes, and or a secular a perspective of God’s teaching? Is the gospel presented as an alternative, or the only way of salvation? Is sin preached as sin and then apologized for, or is sin simply not mentioned?
    3. Is communion offered every Lord’s Day, or is it offered monthly, yearly?(Acts 20:7…on the first day of the week…)
    4. Is regular attendance encouraged, or is Easter, Christmas, and a few Sundays a year deemed to be sufficient? (Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.) (NKJV)
    5. Is prayer an import part of the church you attend?


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