Mark 2:5-12 – Arise, and walk

Mark 2:5-12
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When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

-“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)  Jesus may have been speaking to the Scribes in Mark 2, but this miracle is for anyone who has ever doubted their salvation; doubted whether the Lord Jesus could truly be the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls.  If you need proof of Jesus’ divine power, just tell a paraplegic to get up and go; when that person is still unable to move you’ll realize that not just anyone can work the works that God does.  Jesus tells us in verse 9 that healing is just as hard as saving a soul and by doing one Jesus is proving to all of us that He can do both.

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