March 09, 2013

Healing and Forgiveness

Mark 2

Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,“Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But 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, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

Jesus made a peculiar statement here. When he was asked to heal the paralytic man he declared that the sins of the sick man was forgiven. He didn’t say he was healed.

It got me thinking about healing ministry. So many times we focus so much on physical healing that we forget about the gospel. Healing might change a person but only a presentation of the gospel can transform him inside and out.

You can pray for healing for a hundred times and the person gets well but without sharing the good news of the gospel, that person will still go to eternity without Christ.

Let us do both. Heal in the name of Jesus and proclaim the news that Jesus died for their sin.