GA2011 Devotional – Sunday

Posted: July 10, 2011 by Disciples Young Adult Commission in Devotionals, General Assembly

Mark 2:1-12

1 When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3 Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son your sins are forgiven’ 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning their hearts, 7 “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts?

9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and take your mat and walk”? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ – he said to the paralytic – 11 ‘I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.’ 12 And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’

Forgiveness is a huge concept. But sometimes it is largely ignored in the amount of time we spend studying it. Sure…we mention forgiveness every time we gather during worship when we say the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” We participate in the Lord’s Supper, where we come to know ourselves as forgiven. And we hear the words of Jesus on the cross saying “Forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” But how much time do we really think about the concept of forgiveness? We understand that it is a central concept to the Christian tradition, but we also know that it is one of the most difficult processes we face. Perhaps, today’s scripture passage teaches us that a Christian understanding of forgiveness is not about feeling good inside, or an action that occurs once. Instead, forgiveness is a favorite hat that we should wear constantly so we can practice it continuously, and link forgiveness to community and justice. The ultimate example of forgiveness is found in Christ, he embodied forgiveness so that we can now practice it.

We are forgiven, now let us forgive. Amen.

Submitted by: Rebekah Krevens

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