As I grow older, I am more amazed with the patience of Jesus as He dealt with the religious leaders. They were in effect, His team. They represented the chosen people of God. Yet, as they stood and watched God do amazing things–all they could muster, was the ability to criticize and second guess God’s work. Jesus did not let that slow him down though. He was on earth to show people God from a human perspective.
He healed the sick, cleansed the lepers and taught the masses that God was personal and loved them. He wanted their worship to be awe and wonder, not fear and loathing. So, He met folks right where they were. He touched the leper not only to clean his flesh, but also to rid the man of the stigma of being untouchable. Jesus forgave the paralytic–not to show off, but to address what was rendering the man paralyzed–not physically, but in his heart.
God continues to reach out to us right where we are. Our needs are often a symptom of a deeper wound or issue. He wants to go deep and cleanse us from the inside out. Often, our prayers do not encompass what is really killing us. We need to seek God and ask Him to show us what is enslaving us. Then we can receive the Lord’s grace that allows Him to truly heal us. I hope each of you have an amazing Thanksgiving and truly embrace all that you have to be grateful for.
God Bless You
12 In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”
13 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. 14 Then Jesus instructed him not to tell anyone what had happened. He said, “Go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy.[c] This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”
15 But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
17 One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus.
18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, 19 but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”
21 But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
22 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 23 Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 24 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man[d] has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
25 And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”