October 30th, 2006
Nearly everybody has moments in their lives which they wish they could wipe out. Things which they wish they had never said. Mistakes which they wish they had never made. Embarrassments which they wish had never occurred. Wrongs which they have done to other people and which they will never be able to make up for. The painfulness of the memories may fade over time, but the scars often remain for life. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to erase the regrets of the past and to pay off all the unpayable debts which we owe to other people? Is Jesus just being arrogant when he says he can do this for us?
Mark’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 2
2:1 Some days later he returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he had come home. 2:2 A crowd quickly gathered until there was no more room, even outside the door; and he spoke the word to them. 2:3 Four people arrived, carrying a paralysed man. 2:4 They were unable to get close because of the crowd, so they lifted part of the roof above Jesus and lowered through the hole in the roof the stretcher carrying the paralysed man. 2:5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralysed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
2:6 Some of the religious lawyers sitting there were thinking to themselves, 2:7 “Why is this man blaspheming like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
2:8 Jesus at once knew in his spirit that they wre thinking this way, so he asked, “Why are you arguing in your hearts? 2:9 Is it easier to tell the paralysed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven;’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your stretcher and walk?’ 2:10 Let me show you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” He turned to the paralysed man, 2:11 “I tell you, get up, take your stretcher, and go home.”
2:12 He got up straight away, lifted up his stretcher, and went out in front of everybody. This amazed everyone, and they gave glory to God, “We never saw anything like this!”
2:13 He went out again to the sea shore. The crowd came to him and he taught them. 2:14 As he passed by, he noticed Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax office, and he said, “Follow me.” Levi got up and followed him.
2:15 Later on Jesus was sitting at the table in Levi’s house, and numerous tax collectors and sinners were sitting with Jesus and his disciples. There were a lot of people who followed him. 2:16 The religious lawyers and Pharisees noticed that he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors and asked his disciples, “Why does he eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
2:17 Jesus overheard and said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor. Sick people do. I came to call sinners to repentance, not righteous people.”
2:18 John’s disciples and the Pharisees used to fast. They came and asked, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples don’t?”
2:19 Jesus said to them, “Should the bridegroom’s friends fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can’t fast. 2:20 But the day will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then will they fast. 2:21 No one patches an old garment with a piece of unshrunken cloth. The patch would shrink and the new would tear away from the old, making a worse hole. 2:22 No one puts new wine into old wineskins. The new wine would burst the skins, the wine would spill out, and the skins would be destroyed. They put new wine into fresh wineskins.”
2:23 One Sabbath day he was walking through the grain fields, and his disciples began to pick some of the grain as they went. 2:24 The Pharisees complained, “Why are they breaking the law of the Sabbath?”
2:25 He said, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 2:26 He went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the sacred bread and also gave it to those who were with him, although it was unlawful for anyone but the priests to eat it.” 2:27 He said, “The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. 2:28 The Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
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