"When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven you.'" Mark 2:5
How I love this passage of Scripture. It is the whole story of God’s plan of Salvation for mankind packed in just 6 little words: “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Six wonderful words so powerful, that every man or woman that ever came to the cross of Christ found a willing Savior and Friend who loves them, ready to help them, and forgive them of their sin.
The crowd that brought the paralytic man to Jesus, expected Jesus to heal the man physically but instead Jesus said “your sins are forgiven”. Why is that? Because the greatest of all human needs is not found on the physical or the emotional level, but it’s on the spiritual level. The paralytic’s biggest needs wasn’t to have his legs fixed, it was to have his sins forgiven.
That’s the greatest of all human needs. You and I were created to walk with God, to have fellowship with Him. But when sin entered the picture, it separated man from God, because God cannot have fellowship with that which is sinful. God is holy and sin always separates man from God.
Sin comes between you and God, you and peace, you and happiness, you and joy, you and the assurance that if you died you are going to heaven.
So you might say, “Why doesn’t God do something about it? Is He just going to sit there in Heaven and let us all perish? If God loves us so much, why has He deserted us like this?
But God hasn’t deserted us. We deserted Him!
My friend, if you will come to Jesus Christ and worship before Him, and ask Him to forgive you of all your sins, you need not doubt what the results will be!
Because Jesus Christ forgives all, and casts away none who come to Him by faith! Jesus came for one purpose - to save you and me, and the world. He came to die. He’s the only man that was ever born just for the purpose of dying. He took our sins on the cross where He shed His blood.
So there He died, but He didn’t stay there. On the third day He rose from the dead, and now He lives for the purpose of helping you and me, washing us from our sin and giving us eternal life.
Now, what must we do? We have to turn from our sins. It means that you confess to God, “I’ve sinned against you Lord, and I admit it.” It means that you turn from your sins and let God have His way in your life. That’s what it means to repent. And as you come to Him with a simple child-like faith, He will forgive you and bless you and give you eternal life.
Now that is good news!
Yours in Christ,