“Amazing” Tabloids – Good News For January 16

16 01 2009

Mark 2:1-12

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”

Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way?  He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?”

Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves,  so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth” – he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone.

They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

The Daily Path: There are many themes in Scripture that we often see repeated. One is the astonishment of those who witness the miracles that Jesus performs. I believe we are surrounded by miracles, but in the vast majority of cases we’re too busy to see them. Imagine if the evening television tabloids were focused on the amazing work of God in our midst, instead of the colossal failures of the human spirit. I’d much rather witness those amazing acts than the false sensation of fallen celebrity. 

“Tonight on The Insider… Britney Spears opens a shelter in New Orleans for woman caught in the vicious cycle of drug addiction and prostitution. And later, hear why rapper Kanye West donated all proceeds from a recent Los Angeles performance to establish a trust fund for three children who lost their parents in gang related violence. These amazing acts and more coming up next…”

Room to Chat: How about a quiet reflection with God this very moment? He’s sitting right next to you.

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