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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sunspots 143b

Matthew 9:1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7 And he rose and went home. 8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. (ESV)

Three remarks:
First, Jesus responded to the faith of the people who brought this paralytic to Him, not to the faith of the paralytic.
Second, His first response was to forgive the person's sins, indicating that that was more important. Note that this was, again, in response to the faith of other people.
Third, He did heal the man, but as a sign of His sin-forgiving power, not as an end in itself.

Thanks for reading.

6 comments:

Keetha said...

Finally, after two and a half years of blogging, I figured out how to make a link list - - - go find yourself on my list!!!

Oh, and I TALKED about you in the post I made about my linky list.

:-)

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks. I don't deserve the title you gave me.

Keetha said...

Oh really? Weren't you my Prof? Because you CERTAINLY WERE my mentor!!! Still are. Many times when I'm in the classroom - - - something you taught me comes RINGING into my gray matter!!!!

And THANK YOU for that.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks!

No doubt you are doing the same thing now.

Keetha said...

It is my prayer that they see Jesus and his love through me. Oh - - - and I do hope I manage to get them interested in science on the side!!! ;-)

Martin LaBar said...

That, too.