Sin Is the Issue by David Cawston

Sin Is the Issue
David Cawston

Mark 2:1-12
1 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.
2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.
3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.
4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven you.'
6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
7 'Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?'
8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, 'Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?
9 'Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'?
10 'But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins'-- He said to the paralytic,
11 'I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go your way to your house.'
12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, 'We never saw anything like this!'

Put yourself in the picture. We're in a small sleepy fishing village of Capernaum. The main road runs through the village. Beside it and next to the seashore is line of box shaped houses built of stones. The roofs are made of saplings, intertwined with sand and mud and a tar like substance. Tiles were overlaid to make a roof about two feet in depth. One particular house catches our attention. There are crowds swelling about the house.

In the center of a mass of people is Jesus of Nazareth. His fame, as a healer, spread like wild fire through the territory. A few days before, He had healed a man with an unclean spirit in the synagogue. The news traveled all over Galilee. Now He could not move without the sick following Him everywhere. He had left Capernaum for a few brief days, but when He returned, they were waiting for Him. They wanted to be near Him, touch Him and have Him touch their sickness.

Come inside the house and understand why. He is preaching. As we look around the crowd, we are amazed by the mixture of different kinds of people who are listening.

He is preaching. As we look around the crowd, we are amazed by the mixture of
different kinds of people who are listening.
- Scribes who are critical, unbelieving looks upon their faces.
- Newly called disciples, fishermen with a strangely different look about them.
- The rest of the crowd spills through the door and out on the road.

Suddenly, Jesus' message is punctuated by a loud pounding. The ceiling begins to crack open. First a ...

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