Saturday, March 22
Posted: Friday, March 21
One Year Bible Reading Guide:
Verse of the day:
Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? (Luke 5:23)
Luke 5 records the story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man. It’s a story that’s often taught to kids because of the unusual way the man was brought to Jesus; his friends created a hole in the roof and lowered the paralyzed man down on his mat, right in front of Jesus!
Jesus’ response to this man is interesting; he doesn’t say ‘you’re healed’, but rather says ‘your sins are forgiven’. Jesus has the ability to see beyond the surface needs to see the core problem. Jesus doesn’t just treat the symptoms, but he goes to the cause, and brings healing.
Suppose you went to the doctor because of a headache, and the doctor without doing any tests gave you 2 aspirin. Now suppose that the cause of the headaches is a brain tumor growing in your head. That doctor has not done you any favor in simply prescribing aspirin.
Sin is the root cause of the pain we experience in life. We experience pain because others sin against us, and more often, we ourselves sin. Jesus stands alone in that he can forgive sin and he died to defeat sin in our lives. And because Jesus can forgive and defeat sin, we can experience healing in every area of our lives!
Pastor Jon Brooks // College/Young Adult Pastor