What Jesus Did! 'Blasphemy? I Think Not!' — Mark 2:8-11

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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Jesus knew that these teachers of the law were thinking those things about him. So Jesus said to them, "Why do you have these questions in your minds? The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins. But how can I prove this to you? Maybe you are thinking it was easy for me to say to the crippled man, 'Your sins are forgiven.' {No one could see if it really happened.} But what if I say to the man, 'Stand up. Take your bed and walk'? Then you will be able to see if I really have this power or not." So Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, stand up. Take your mat and go home."
— Mark 2:8-11 NLT
Illustration of Mark 2:8-11 NLT —  Maybe you are thinking it was easy for me to say to the crippled man, 'Your sins are forgiven.

Key Thought

Jesus heals people for many different reasons and under many different circumstances. The bottom line is this: Jesus heals folks because he loves them and wants to bring them to God. In this instance, however, Jesus is moved by two additional things. First, he sees the faith of this man's friends and he is touched by their concern. Second, he is frustrated with the cynicism and opposition from those who are present only to criticize him. They doubt his authority, so he demonstrates it: he heals the man! Then he emphasizes that the miracle he has done shows he has the authority to forgive sins. The real challenge for you and me is to recognize that Jesus' authority doesn't extend just to his power to teach and command, but also to heal, mend, help, forgive, and bless.

Today's Prayer

Holy and Almighty LORD of the ages, thank you that your authority has been powerfully demonstrated in Jesus. Help me open my heart to him fully and to not only respond with obedience to Jesus' commands, but to also let him in to nurture and bless. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 1:22
  • Mark 11:27-33
  • Mark 1:27

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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