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We want to see the parlor tricks…In Jesus day, both religious leaders and sinners alike thronged to follow Jesus place to place. In their hearts, they thought, “What is he going to do next?” On this particular day, Jesus was preaching and some men brought Jesus a paralyzed man on a mat. In Luke’s account, it says they cut a hole in the roof and lowered him down to Jesus–none the less-Jesus told the  man that his sins were forgiven.  This caused an uproar among the religious leaders–but, Jesus was not concerned. In modern language; I am sure he would have looked at them and said, “Really? parlor tricks trump real restoration?”

Jesus knew what the young man needed–he needed restoration of his life more than of his legs–Jesus, being God, knew what the man needed and granted him peace probably for the first time in a long time; but, to stop any confusion from happening, Jesus went ahead and finished what he started–Jesus healed body and soul. The religious leaders were amazed and flabbergasted all at once. Jesus was just saddened; they simply would never understand. Jesus came to restore the link between Holy God and sinful man–not to perform parlor tricks.

In our lives, our prayers sometimes mirror the comments of the religious leaders–“Forgive my sins? I came for you to fix my body, my family, my career or my finances…Forgive my sins?? What?” Jesus is here for us to completely restore us body and soul. Mostly, He is concerned with the link for eternity between us and God–Forgiveness of sin! We are the ones that get all atwitter about the rest.  We have to have the faith of the friends and of the man–“Do what it takes to get to Jesus, but, then trust Him to complete His purpose in us!”

God Bless You

Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.