’13RBY – Read the Bible in a Year / Today’s Readings: Numbers 11,12 / Luke 5 / Psalm 71
It’s possibly my favorite story in the Bible, five friends sitting around like friends do. Well, actually one of them is lying around. He’s been paralyzed for what seems like forever, but the guys he use to run with, the guys he went camping with, and fishing with and played cards with. The guys that he’d sit around a campfire for hours with. Those guys still hang out with him. And tonight one of them mentions a guy named Jesus. Rumor has it that this Jesus has made blind men see, deaf people hear, even cured a man with leprosy. Another friend hearing this stood up, asking “what are we waiting for? Making a cripple walk and run again should be a piece of cake.” And the four fellows carry their friend to find Jesus.
Now had one of them, or two of them taken this friend to find Jesus, they may never had done what they did. But four friends, four friends have an extra touch of boldness and found their way to the rooftop and did what only real friends do, the unthinkable, they tore a roof apart and lowered their friend in front of Jesus, giggling while they were doing it.
And then we read this verse in chapter 5 of Luke: “20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”
The story continues: 21 But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” 22 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 23 Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 24 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” 25 And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”
Notice the “everyone” in verse 26 – that “everyone” includes his friends, that “everyone” includes you and me.
Think about this: Luke 5:20 [NLT] Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”