Jesus Forgives

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Mark 2: 17

Isn’t that refreshing?

We all sin. Even the best, most devout Christian is guilty of sin. Yes, some sins are graver than others. But, no sin is too grave as long as we repent and truly mean it.

Chapter 23 of The Story follows the beginnings of Jesus’ ministry. In it, He confuses everyone by ministering to women of ill repute, tax collectors, those possessed with demons, and lepers. The Pharisees couldn’t understand it.

Many prophets had committed miracles, but none had forgiven sins. Jesus was not just healing lepers. He was healing souls.

Christ healing a paralytic in Capernaum

A mosaic of Jesus healing paralytic man in Capernaum; Chora Church, Istanbul, Turkey. Photo attributed to © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro.

“Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” – Mark 2: 9&10

Jesus didn’t need to preach to the choir. He chose outcasts of society. People whose priorities were out of order. People who were in a rut. Diseased and possessed people who were feared by society. He offered them redemption. A way out. A future. Hope.

Isn’t that what He still offers today? Redemption. Hope. Forgiveness. Saving. Eternal life.

Even as hard as I try, I know I can’t live a blemish-free life. These passages reveal that Jesus came to save me, a sinner!

Do you ask for forgiveness for your sins? Are you sincere with your confession? Do you attempt to prevent a reoccurrence of that sin? Jesus walked the earth so you could receive that forgiveness.

Take some time today to be honest with yourself and with Jesus and confess your sins to him with true repentance.

 

This devotional corresponds with Chapter 23 of The Story. I hope you will prayerfully consider joining us in this faith journey. For more information visit: Read The Story with The Wellness Wife. You can also join our Facebook group, Read “The Story” with The Wellness Wife. Don’t be discouraged by the fact that we’ve already started. You can pick up anywhere and catch up at your leisure. Follow this link for all devotionals related to The Story

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2 thoughts on “Jesus Forgives

  1. Shannon

    Great devotional!
    Taking time to really confess sin and humbly receive forgiveness can be a challenge, but it’s so important. I’m glad God is so patient with us!

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