Some wounds are obvious:
- a cast on an arm or a leg.
- a bandage on someone’s face or neck where skin cancer was removed.
But other wounds are not so obvious. And often they don’t heal as rapidly as an incision or a broken bone.
Four friends brought a man to Jesus whose “wound” was obvious. He was paralyzed (Luke 5:17-26).
But Jesus saw the hidden wound, the wound of the soul. Jesus’ first words to him were, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
What did Jesus know about this man? What sin weighed down this man’s heart?
We aren’t told. But Jesus saw the pain. Jesus knew how hard it was to bear the pain of guilt and shame. That wound needed healing first.
What are the wounds that you carry in your heart, the wounds no one else can see?
- Is it the wound of recurring sin? Is there an addictive pattern in your life of which you are ashamed?
- Is it the wound of remembered sin? Are there things you have done or said that can never be undone. Do they leave you beaten and bruised every time you remember them?
- Is it the wound of received sin? Was something done to you that makes you feel sinful and dirty? Do others tell you that you are the innocent party, but your conscience still stabs you like a finely sharpened knife?
It is to us who are wounded that Jesus speaks this word: "Friend, your sins are forgiven."
It is so hard to believe this is true. How can you and I be sure?
“But that you may know the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” Jesus healed the physical wound of that paralyzed man to prove that he had the authority to give spiritual healing as well.
What sign does Jesus give to us so we can be sure of forgiveness? “The sign of Jonah!” As Jonah was in the belly of a great fish for three days and three nights, so Jesus was in the grave and came out. Easter is the sign (Matthew 12:40).
Which is easier? To rise from the dead on the third day just as he said? Or to say, “Your sins are forgiven”? Both are impossible. But nothing is impossible with our God. Jesus rose so that you and I can be sure that the internal healing is real.
But what if you don’t feel healed? What if you don’t feel forgiven?
The reality is, feelings can deceive us. It doesn’t feel good to have a broken bone set. It doesn’t feel good to have an incision to remove skin cancer. But that is the first step in the healing process, even though it doesn’t feel like it. Your trust the doctor. Healing is coming.
Trust your Savior.
When you are in pain, there is no where else to go. Go to your Savior. He wants you to hear his word of love that calls you his friend.
Let the pain that you and I continue to feel lead us back here into the Savior’s presence. Let’s come in faith to hear again these words of healing from Jesus, the Friend of All: "Friend, your sins are forgiven." Amen.
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SCHOOL RE-ENROLLMENT AND OPEN HOUSE
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