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Lenten Devo Day 22

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Acting On The Facts

Carol Sue Hutchinson

Luke 5:21-26

In this story, we often focus on the four friends and the faith they had to get their friend in front of Jesus so that he could be healed. It was also great faith on the part of the paralytic. He let his friends carry him through town, up stairs, and through the roof to Jesus.

Today, let’s look at the Pharisees who were there listening to Jesus. They discounted everything the friends did for their friend but obsessed over one thing that Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven.” Jesus questioned their thinking and asked them if it would be easier to tell the man to get up and walk. The Pharisees had no reply.

The problem for the Pharisees was Jesus saying your sins are forgiven. In Jewish history and thinking, the forgiveness of sins was the beginning of the Messianic Age. Since the Pharisees didn’t believe Jesus, they wouldn’t want him to, in essence, claim the power of God in forgiving sins.

The facts were all in front of them. The prophecies of the Old Testament were coming to pass right before their eyes. Jesus was doing and saying things that pointed towards the Messiah, but they refused to accept the facts. In their minds, if Jesus was the Messiah, their whole world and their status in it would change. All of their status, money, and prestige would be gone. Therefore, they clung to the past.

In our world today, we often do not want to accept change. The changes would mean we might have to move on to new thinking. Jesus is the change agent in our lives. When we accept Him, we accept the change to our lives that will come.

Prayer: Holy God, you not only bring change, but you also offer us the power and ability to bring change into our world. A change that brings us closer to you. Amen.


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