Wednesday, March 11th

Wednesday, March 11th

Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” Luke 5:20-21

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory .... But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:1-2, 8

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

It is interesting that the Luke 5 passage tells us that Jesus saw their (the men's) faith and then told the young man that his sins were forgiven. He could rightly have said, "Young man and you guys up there on the roof, your sins are forgiven." It was faith that made the difference. The Romans 5 passage says that it is by faith (not works) that we have been made right in the sight of God and it is all because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Christ was sent to die for us and he did so while we were still (before works could have any possibility of effect) sinners. The 1 Corinthian passage says that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. It is interesting that when Jesus tells the young man that his sins are forgiven it is still in view of the promise of the cross and not the achievement of the cross. The healing of the man and the saving of the man are integrally connected. This is what the Pharisees don't get and it's because they don't recognize Jesus as God in the flesh.

I confess, Lord, that my sinful condition is beyond anything I could ever do to reverse it and that you and you alone can do something about it and that you and you alone did do something about it. I know I need a Savior and that you are it. Thank you for giving me faith to believe in you as my Savior from sin.

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