Mark 2: Forgiveness and Freedom in Christ

(28 verses, 3:30 to read)

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What I am about to READ

  • Through many and various acts in the life of Jesus, the focus on the Holy God dwelling with sinful man through the forgiveness remains the same.

MARK

  • Jesus forgives and heals a paralytic (1-12)
  • Jesus calls Levi to follow Him, and eats with sinners and tax collectors (13-17)
  • Some question Jesus about the fasting of the disciples of John and the Pharisees (18-22)
  • Jesus teaches a proper understanding of the Sabbath (23-28)

LEARN

  • One of the reasons we don’t consider the greatness of the miracle of the preaching of the Word of forgiveness is that we don’t consider the greatness of our sin.
  • Believing in a miracle is not saving faith. Believing in the One Whom the Father sent to do the miracle to show His divine power and love is saving faith.
  • The words “your sins are forgiven” are easy to say, but were hard won.
  • It is easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven” than “Rise, take up your bed and walk” because no one could see the physical, immediate result as one could in the healing of the paralytic. It’s easier to say, but infinitely more difficult to accomplish.
  • The miracle of “your sins are forgiven,” however, is greater than the miracle of healing.
  • The power to heal wasn’t really that uncommon of a miracle in Jesus’ ministry.
  • The Sabbath was a means to an end, not a means of enslavement of mankind. In Christ, the ceremonial law is fulfilled, and so passes away as a shadow does when the Sun reaches its peak. The old laws concerning sacrifices, new moons, Sabbaths, etc., head sway until He came (Col. 2:16-17).

MEDITATE

We’re as paralyzed spiritually as the man in this text was physically as it relates to the knowledge of our sin. This is the problem with the Pharisees who grumble at Jesus’ choice of dinner guest, and those who complain that His disciples eat the wheat on the Sabbath. The misunderstanding of sin lead to a misunderstanding of the type of Messiah to come, specifically what He would come to do. Favor the wealthy and powerful? No. Usher in new regulations for the life of the people? No. Forgive sins freely out of His love for mankind? Yes and yes!

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-Pastor Weslie Odom

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