Forgiveness (2)!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

In Mark’s gospel, a good place to begin reading the Bible if you’ve never read it before, we come almost immediately to the relevance of the gospel, good news. In verse four we have mention of the remission of sin, that means for God, when a person has repented of their sin, to send it so far away that not even God himself can find it. That’s good news indeed is it not? In the second chapter Mark relates the case of the paralysed man to whom Jesus said his sins were forgiven. There were some religious guys present at the time and they were thinking, who can forgive sins but God? Jesus knew exactly what they were thinking, so he asked them, which is easier, to forgive a man’s sins or heal his paralysis? So to show he could do both, he healed the man. But here’s the point, the easiest? Well, to heal a paralysed man any miracle worker could do, but only one person can forgive sins, that’s God. And that is exactly what Jesus is saying, that he is God. They didn’t get it, do you? But the question which is the easiest, let’s turn it around, which is the hardest? To forgive the man his sins, or to forgive your sins, that’s the hardest. Because in order for that to happen Jesus would have to die on the cross, he would have suffer, die and rise again from the dead in order for that to be a reality. So you see the relevance of Mark’s gospel, the entire Bible even, for that’s the thread that weaves its way through the entirety of Holy Scripture, Jesus, and how would come, came and died, rose again to justify freely sinners from all things.

(© James R Hamilton)
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