by Mark Baker

Which is Easier?
Mark Baker
Mark 2:1-12

Mark 2:1 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. And 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. But 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 And 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. And 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!

Jesus has a way of getting to the heart of a problem doesn't He? Several things were going in this account of the paralytic man needed healing, and they all needed to be dealt with. This man was in need of physical healing, and yet there was an unbelief problem going on in the room. Sometimes you have to deal with root problems first in order to get to the overlying problem. Jesus took this opportunity to give them and us as well; a lesson in faith. Jesus is the master teacher and wants us to be enlightened. Understan ...

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