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Demonstrates Power

Paralytic ManIn Mark 2.1-12, a group of people brought to Jesus a paralyzed man lying on a mat. When Jesus saw the faith of this little group, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." Meanwhile some of the teachers of the law were grumbling to themselves, "Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk?' But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.'" He then said to the paralytic, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." The paralytic man got out of his bed and carried it home to everyone's astonishment!

Forgiveness Love

Forgiven WomanOn another occasion in Luke 7.47-50, Jesus forgave the sins of a woman and healed her. His words to the assembled company were again surprising, "Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven — as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little." Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" Jesus continued by saying to the woman, "Your faith has saved you, go in peace."

Rebuking Elements

Ship In StormOn a third occasion, as recorded in Mark 4.39-41, Jesus and the disciples were out in a boat on the Sea of Galilee, which was notorious for sudden storms sweeping in from the valley to the North. The disciples became afraid of the crashing waves and high winds and woke up Jesus. Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" The one who forgave sins also demonstrated his power over the elements!

"Jesus Forgives"
by Ron Meacock

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