What to say to be forgiven…

It was the moment he had been waiting for and he was about to blow it!  He must have rehearsed in his mind what he would say on the day he would get to meet Jesus, but when the opportunity came, the cat had a hold of his tongue. He tried to speak but nothing comes out. The man who was paralyzed by something in his past (cf. Mark 2:1-12) makes no requests when he finally gets into the presence of the Savior. But surprisingly, the Savior makes the pronouncement, “Son, your sins are forgiven!” Which raises the question….”How could Jesus forgive the sins of a person who hasn’t repented?”

Moments earlier Jesus read the minds of the scribes revealing their skepticism about his ability to forgive sins and now he easily hears the unarticulated inner cry for mercy from the humble heart of the paralyzed man. And Jesus forgives him without requiring a rigid adherence to a confession/repentance formula. The Savior neither  requires an accounting nor full compliance with the rules, even though He has every right to make any demand He pleases. Jesus is so favorably inclined towards us and He forgives us gratuitously and invasively. We need never again believe that Christ is reluctant to forgive us. Your jumbled thoughts are like an extended series of novels to Him; your confused emotions are perfected stacked and sorted.

Published by John Estorge


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