And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.
And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”
And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.”
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7
And he rose and went home.
When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
A Journey can involve going from one point to the next. Light my feet, Father God, that I may see the next foot hold. In the healing of the paralytic, Jesus - as God - jumps from point a to point z. The man is healed - Quantum Physics, if this is your language. Father God can move pretty quickly in His statements as well.
This is our Nation's Birthday Week - let's combine our dwelling with the two dwellings of Jesus.
Follow the Scriptures and see where this leads. God gives us seasons to enjoy - to fully be blessed in the day and the season.
My day started reading of the sadness in the two natures inside mankind, in all of us.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
We all are going to cause Father God to hurt in His search of us. In this life, Jesus was known to sigh. And that sigh made such an Huge impression, we know of this many years later. The Word of God records a sigh can be a prayer for the Holy Spirit to intercede.
34 And looking up to heaven, Jesus sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”
But Stephen, being full of the Holy Ghost, looking up steadfastly to heaven, saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. And he said: Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Thank God for His Openness to our human hearts.
So the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, And everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
And making a full circle, we started this post with Jesus coming into His Own City. The Joy of being "Finished Out and Completed" in God. Healed like today's passage, overcoming.
The City of Jesus begins with Forgiveness. God tells us something rather confusing in explaining John the Baptist's sudden journey into Heaven. Jesus grieved for Lazarus and wept. I wonder if Jesus was disconcerted by His cousin's death. We could be glimpsing Jesus holding back His tears.
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.
Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Once I had a dream about someone I treasure as one of my most favored people in life, my grandmother Elliott. She was in Heaven and completely fulfilled. Vastly different. Supremely radiant.
Our Father God deals with us all the time in this manner. Like Gideon. God saw where Gideon was headed and strengthened Gideon with HIS insight. Jesus, when asked how we should pray, said for us to hope to bring His Heavenly Will to our lives. God sees the paralytic man as being healed - He speaks His Word and there is healing. God hears our prayers and, surely, we are not always pleasing to Him, and yet, God will listen. as He brings us forth in His Will.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
God sees we are on a journey and calls us His Children. His People. Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. The Good News is we are the healed person in the passage. This is our story in God's blessings.
Daniel said, "Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him. 21It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding. 22 It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him."
Father God, for all those who are loved by God and called to be saints, You grant grace and peace through the Lord Jesus Christ. First, we thank You, God for Jesus Christ. You declared Your Son to be the Son of God in power by His resurrection from the dead. His Name is proclaimed among the nations for millenniums. Father God, help us to mutually encourage each other, in faith. Let us always pray from the Word of God, recalled by us, it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Help us apply Your Word to our lives. The righteousness of God is revealed in our faith. Help us to acknowledge You in our lives. We pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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