Jesus in Mark 2

In Mark chapter 2, Jesus, the untiring servant of God, met a sick man whose bed had been lowered so he might be healed.

But, one interesting thing in the passage is Jesus knew the thoughts of the scribes and Pharisees in the room.

Though there have been many magicians who have performed illusions of mindreading, and there have been others who appear to do the same, there has never existed a true mind reader except for Jesus Christ.

Christ had this attribute of God on earth, similar to the ability of omnipresence recorded in John 1 with Nathaniel.

Jesus dealt with the sick man’s truly deadly disease ― sin ― and then he turned his attention to the thoughts of the Jews.

The Bible, which gives us the mind of God on the subject, tells us in this chapter the Jews were thinking, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7 ESV).

This would have been true, except Jesus IS God (John 1:1). Because he is, he did not blaspheme.

The other truly remarkable thing here is that Jesus says, “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home,” (Mark 2:10-11 ESV). Jesus had not only the power to heal this man, but also he had the authority to forgive his sins.

Jesus had the exousian to forgive sins. This is the same word used in Matthew 28:18 when Jesus said, “All authority has been given me…”

Yes, Jesus is a Savior who has compassion for men. But, he also has authority over them. His way is the only way (John 14:6).

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