When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

– Mark 2:5-7 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Of all the cultures in the Middle East in that time, the Jews were the only culture that was monotheistic. There were to worship no other God but Jehovah. Later in this story, Jesus healed the paralytic, but the healing was to demonstrate that Jesus was not trying to be known as a moral teacher or a healer-God had come to earth as a man. Jehovah had taken human form and lived among His people. Jesus’ teachings allow for no other conclusion.

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