“The Master and the Mission” in Matthew-47

Jesus took a ship and returned to his own city. Matthew records what happened in Chapter 9:2-8. "And, behold, they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith He to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men." Some friends brought a man sick of the palsy to Jesus. Evidently, large numbers of people came along as well. Jesus saw the faith of those who brought the man. Can He see our faith? Is there faith for Him to see? (If not, read carefully Romans 10:17). An unusual response was made to the man's need. Jesus told him that he could rejoice that his sins were forgiven. This disturbed the legalistic scribes. They judged Jesus as being guilty of blaspheming. He challenged them. If He was claiming the right to forgive sins, He was claiming deity. That was exactly what Jesus was doing. He knew it would generate a negative reaction. He pointed out that a command to arise and walk would have been easier and safer, but they had to know that He could forgive sins. After He challenged the scribes, He told the man to rise, pick up his bed and go home. What a homecoming that must have been! Apparently, the scribes continued in hardness of hearts, while the crowds marvelled and glorified God. Often, common people are quicker to recognize the hand of God than hardened religious leaders. Selah! If we are in leadership in God's work, let's avoid, like the plague, hardness of heart. We must take a stand for Truth (God's, not ours). However, let's do it firmly and with love and sensitivity to His Word. Ron

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