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Dr. June Normil
Jesus' popularity grew raidly in large part because He was healing people and casting our demons. As word spread, He attracted crowds throughout Galilee (Mark 1:27-28). On one particular day in Capernaum, the house where He taught was so crowed that no one else could get in. So when a paralyytic who was being carried by four friends arrived, they likely took a stairrway to the roof, removed a section of tiles, and lowered the man on his pallet down to Jesus (Matthew 2:1-4). Jesus was the man's only hope. Yet instead of immediately healing the paralytic, Jesus prounced the man forgiven. By doing this, Jesus demonstrated divinty. Forgiveness was central to His mission of proclaiming the Kingdom of God. These were blasphemous words to the scribes (verses 6-7). Only God could forgive sins. So Jesus asked a question that would affirm His authority to heal and forgive: Is it easier to heal or to forgive sins? Both were impossible for any human being. Jesus' claim to forgive could not be proven. So He healed the man, proving He could also forgive sins (verses 9-10). Jesus' authority to heal and forgive sins has not changed. People today must seek Him out in faith to receive the forgiveness and healing needed.
[For Pesonal Reflection] What are some ways we can show our respect for Jesus' authority?
HEALING A LAME MAN ( JOHN 5:1-16)
The preaching of the gospel will sometimes elicit hostility from those who oppose your message. You may find yourself mocked for believing in the miraculous. Likewise, there might be some who condemn you for proclaiming the necessity of a new, tranformed life in Christ. Some of these people may be those closet to you. Jesus has called you to proclaim His gospel to the world. as this leson has shown, believing God for miracles can be part of the proclamation. As you prepare to preach the gospel and pray for the needy, also prepare for the challenges by rehearsing God's promises in Scripture regularly and praying for strength no mattter the opposition.
HEALING IS THE CHILDREN'S BREAD!
See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 100 Number 2 Dec. Jan. Feb. 2018-19 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil