What Jesus Did! 'Only God Can!' — Mark 2:5-7

Thursday, February 1, 2024

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Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "My child, your sins are forgiven."

But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, "What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!"

— Mark 2:5-7 NLT

Key Thought

Yes, the statement is the correct one! "Only God can forgive sins!" This startling statement was made by the religious teachers who opposed Jesus, but it is intended for us as well. While we need to forgive each other, only God can completely forgive sins. That's the point. Jesus is the Christ, God's Son, who came among us. He is God in human skin. If we want to know how God values people, all we have to do is look at Jesus, and we know. Even more important, if we want to know how our sins can be forgiven, we can look to him!

Today's Prayer

Lord God Almighty, I believe that you walked the roads of Galilee and Judea, getting your feet dirty with the dust of our mortality and your robe soiled with the sins of folks like me. Thank you for showing me your incomparable love and grace in Jesus, in whose name I praise and thank you. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 1:14-18
  • Luke 7:11-16
  • John 14:8-11


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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.