The Greatest Gift

Today I was reading a passage that we have heard many times, a passage that we’ve probably all heard a lot of sermons about.

It’s the story of the man that’s paralyzed and his friends bring him to Jesus. It’s a great story. I read it as found in Mark 2: 1-12. There are so many things that I like about the story. The way that the friends are willing to do anything to get their friend to Jesus.

How Jesus heals the friend and impressed with their faith.

His response to the Paraphrases and religions leaders.

But today, something jumped out at me that I didn’t notice before. Look at what happens in the end of this story in verses 8-12:

And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But 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, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

16ordinarioB7What is the greatest gift this man gets? His healing? Well if you look at the text, the healing isn’t there for its own sake, but it’s there to show and prove that the greater gift was given.

The greatest gift Jesus gave this man wasn’t His healing. It was that Jesus forgave His sin. That’s the greatest gift that Jesus gave to this man, He forgave him for all that he had ever done.

That was Jesus greatest gift to this man.

And that’s Jesus’ greatest gift to us. Forgiveness. He has forgiven you. In spite of everything that you’ve done, you are doing, you will do, if you repent and confess, you are forgiven.

That’s the greatest thing ever. That’s where true healing begins. True healing in our lives, in our families, in our relationships, in our families, in even ourselves, that’s where it begins. With forgiveness.

With God forgiving us. And our realization that God has forgiven us.

And then we forgive others.

Today, in Christ and through Christ, you are forgiven.

That’s the gift He wants to give you today.

Will you accept it?

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