6 But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, 7 “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
8 Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 9 Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 10 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man[a] has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, 11 “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
There is not much I can add to this…..I LOVE the way Jesus handles these guys!!! The thing is these guys really believed what they said, they didn’t know any better. They have been taught this, their entire life has been dedicated to protecting God and what they thought was truth. It’s so easy for me/us to read this and say “IDIOTS” how can they say this to Jesus?
I really don’t think Jesus did these things to shame them, anger them or embarrass them. I don’t think that is the heart of Jesus at all. He knew their hearts, he knew how stubborn they were. He knew that the very heart of this “religion” was dead, corrupt and way off base. So I think He tried all he could do to show them that He was who He said He was!!! SHOCKING to them!!! How many heard him? How many were moved to throw tradition off and follow Him? How many in the still of the night wondered? And….how many hardened their hearts even more? This was one of the only area’s where Jesus showed anger — the stubborn hearts and Spirits of the religious leaders angered him!!
Are we any different today? Are the religious leaders any different today? Are our churches any different today?
Well the answer is YES and NO – I personally believe the Church as we know it is being shaken and soon it will not look the same. I believe that there will be a GREAT DIVIDE in our church world as we know it…..(this is a personal belief and will elaborate more in the future) We have all these denominations in our nation/world some are old and hanging on hard as they can, some are new and rising up, some are “steady and social” drawing people in……..I think you get the picture of what I’m saying. Jesus will return for a church that is pure, without spot or wrinkle, holy….. where is that church? (when I speak of church, I am speaking of the body of Christ) It is hard to even imagine Jesus returning now, isn’t it? BUT look how fast things are changing….. a radical church (movement) will emerge that will NOT be politically correct where we will see for the first time in the USA persecution!!!!! The time is coming quickly I believe.
Here is a good point when it comes to things being the same today as it was when this was written — I was part of a denomination for many years. I was there by CHOICE and I LOVE this church – I believe I was called to this church for a purpose…..it ended horrible because of my own sin!!! But that is not the point. This body held so tight to the belief that speaking in tongues was of the devil that if anyone did they were asked to leave the church, if a pastor did he was stripped of his credentials and removed from the pulpit. NOW HEAR ME!!!! This writing is not about if tongues is of the Lord or not!!! GOT IT????? It’s about the “tight jaw attitude” on it! When a man or woman had an experience with the Lord and they spoke in tongues it was an attitude just like ” 6 But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, 7 “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” the same!!!!!!! NO DIFFERENT!!!!! Here is an example of a great Church where they did so much good for the world, missions, people, disaster aid, and the list goes on and on……..they really cared for the people of this world, they spent millions on helping others. They truly wanted to see people saved etc….. but when it went outside of what “they thought to be right” it was OVER!!!! NO MERCY — NO LOVE —
I am not writing this in anger at all, I have no regrets, I would do it all over again if the Lord asked me to. There are thousands of churches out there like this……denominations like this…….and at the same time there are millions of people out there that are becoming CHRISTLIKE!!! That are preparing the way of the Lord, preparing for the WEDDING!!!!!
I really pray that if you read this you see my heart it in.
12 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”
What a way to end chapter 2 — WHEN GOD DOES SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE — JUMP UP and MOVE!!!! STUN the people around you!!! Even if it seems dumb, or impossible……….STUN THE WORLD………STUN YOUR CHURCH!!!!!