Dear Friends –
Do you remember the story of the paralytic? The one where the four men had a friend who was paralyzed? They brought him to Jesus for healing. But, when they got to the house Jesus was at, it was packed. There was no way in to the house except to climb up on the roof and dig through it.
So that is what they did. They lowered the man down on a mat to place near where Jesus was speaking. It wasn’t long until Jesus commanded the man to get off his mat and go home. That’s power.
But something more powerful actually happened before Jesus healed the man physically. The man was healed spiritually. Jesus asks: “Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ’Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ’Get up, take your mat and walk’?” (Mark 2:9). When someone was born with physical defects back in Jesus’ time, it was assumed it was because either the person or the parents had done something really bad. So, if you were like this paralyzed man, you got to carry around an extra helping of guilt and shame. But Jesus tells him his sins were forgiven. What relief! That meant heaven’s door was open, and he now had access to God and His almighty power.
That same door is open to you by the power of God’s Word. That power is in God’s Word that resides in the Bibles by so many of our bed stands. God’s power is in your baptism. God’s power is in the Lord’s Supper. Take heart: your sins are forgiven! Christ lives in you.
It’s that easy. It’s that powerful.
Sharing Christ’s Victory,
Current Series – Act II
ICYMI – In last week’s sermon, “Power Up”, we learned how Jesus’ resurrection emboldened Peter to confidently preach the Good News. We too can find confidence in God’s promises.
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