Matthew 9 part 1–Your sins are forgiven

Immediate versus eternal–Throughout his ministry Jesus faced that battle.  There were many that believed or at least hoped that Jesus could heal their immediate needs and make them better.  Amazingly, the greater act of Lordship he could perform is the act of forgiveness and restoration of the relationship with the Father. Jesus came so that we could have eternal life in fellowship with God—but much of the crowd missed that.  They simply wanted to see the miracles and healing he performed.  They wanted to know him as entertainer and miracle worker—not as savior and Lord.

Sadly, the world has not changed much.  Many of us seek to leverage our faith to assure god does the miracles and healing in our life.  We want him to fix the problems we have now, but are not so concerned with the eternal needs we have. We still want to be the captain of our ship, but we want God to be there to plug the leaks if we start to sink. He just made clear on the mountain—“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all the these things will be added to you.” God wants the relationship.  If we surrender and follow him he will protect and provide our needs and we will be free from the immediate s we can seek the eternal.

God Bless You

9 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 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.” 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 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.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.

The Sermon of Jesus–Matthew 5 part 1

Let’s make a list of things that bring you blessings as a Child of God.  The first Category—Attitude.  I wonder why of all the sermons Jesus could have preached to this mass of humanity, he chose this day and this topic.  I think it is because one’s attitude affects all aspects of their walk.  Attitude also affects one’s ability to be blessed and to enjoy the blessing. A close look at our Lord’s words show his attention to the hearts of folks—the poor in spirit, those that mourn, the meek, those that seek and embrace righteousness, the merciful and the peacemakers all represent those that are awesome and vulnerable.  Jesus goes on to include those that are harassed and abused for their faith.

Jesus wanted the people to understand that God cares about the circumstances in our lives and blesses those that are seeking him and are in the midst of struggle.  In our lives, the same holds true.  He knows our life, our pain and our hearts.  He truly wants to bless us—are we of a mind to be blessed?  Please, father–help me to maintain a blessed attitude as I follow you.

God Bless You

5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.

He said:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.