Devotion for Wednesday, March 19th

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2014

Mark 2:1-12
When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.  So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them.  Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.  And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”  At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat 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, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.”  And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

After reading this it made me think about some of the “teachers of law”
throughout my life and others that I have heard about through friends.
It saddens me that a lot of these people feel they have the right to judge

Jesus shows us by forgiving the man in this passage that it is easier to
forgive than to judge.  I feel that unfortunately a lot of Christians seem
to forget this lesson.  This story is a good reminder for all of us that
it is not our place to judge, but to forgive and love one another.

– Submitted by Jataun Hieb

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