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The Greater Healing

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 12 months ago | 1584 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Mark records in chapter 2 that Jesus was in the house preaching the word to many who had gathered to hear Him.  Four men brought a paralytic to Him but could not get in the door because of the crowd.  They removed a portion of the roof and let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.  Jesus saw their faith and the first thing He said was, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Those words must have shocked those who were present, especially the paralytic and those who brought him.  Their purpose in coming to Jesus was for a healing of the man’s paralysis.  The man’s sins may not have even crossed their minds.  They were looking at his physical condition with great compassion to go to such lengths to have him cured.  Yet they were neglecting his far worse condition.   He was not just paralyzed in his body, but dead in his sin.

They were looking at the outside rather than the inside.  They were concerned with the physical rather than the spiritual.  They were focused on the body rather than the heart.

Fortunately, Jesus was looking far deeper.  He was looking into the heart of the man and saw the need for the forgiveness of his sins.  Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart- 1 Sam 16:7.

Jesus spoke to the greater need of the man before Him and out of His sovereign grace forgave the man’s sins. 

Immediately, the scribes there were upset because they knew that only God can forgive sins.  They accused Jesus of blasphemy.  What they didn’t realize was that God was standing before them with all authority and power to forgive sin.  He also had the power to provide physical healing, which Jesus promptly did as well.

Jesus was manifesting Himself as the God-man before their eyes as He claimed the attributes of God in healing and in forgiving sins.  He was also pointing them to the greatest need of any man or woman-to know the forgiveness of sin available in Christ.

Probably, most of us, like those men in this incident, are guilty at some point of looking on the outward appearance of those around us and not considering the heart.  We can’t see into the heart as God can, but we can converse with those around us and ask questions about their heart’s condition.  God presented me just yesterday with an opportunity to talk with a lady at Home Depot about whether she was trusting in her church rather than Jesus alone to save her from her sins.  We all have similar opportunities as we go about our daily activities.  May God provide many such conversations.  May He help us to look deeper than the outward appearance.  May He cause us to consider the greater need of the forgiveness of sin.  May He help us in asking penetrating questions.  May He give us the compassionate eyes of Jesus.  May He use us in His great redemption plan to call a people to Himself.


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Mary Leadbetter

Amen. Thank you, Dale.

Larry Dean

Yes.  Amen!

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