Lent 2015, Led to the Cross: A living testimony

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We are reading through the gospel of Luke during lent; following the Leader as He battles Satan in the wilderness, faces persecution in Nazareth, performs miracles of healing, calls His disciples, on his way to the cross. Yesterday we read that Jesus healed a paralyzed man (who was blessed with some amazing friends) and sent him to be a living testimony. How were those who witnessed the healing impacted? Let’s read on in Luke 5:21:

The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?  But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.” (Luke 5:21-26)

These verses illustrate that our faith is to be urgent- it is every bit as much of a priority for us to reach Jesus, and be in His midst, as it was for the paralyzed man. We should help others reach Jesus, and be a living testimony- glorifying God for His healing, salvation, and love. We should share the remarkable things that we see, just like the Pharisees were told.

Gracious
Slow to anger
Abounding in love
Good to all
All who call upon You
You will rescue and forgive. -Lyrics from “That’s How You Forgive”

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