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Jesus had said to a paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.”

This infuriated the Ministers. They whispered “He can’t talk that way! That’s blasphemy! God and only God can forgive sins.”

Catch that? Blasphemy. Who is Jesus to forgive sins?

Jesus asks them why they are so skeptical. There He is, the Son of God. He can forgive sins. God has given Him that authority.

He also knows that may be a tough pill to swallow. So, he says “Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or say, ‘Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking’?

Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both . . .” (he looked now at the paraplegic), “Get up. Pick up your stretcher and go home.” And the man did it—got up, grabbed his stretcher, and walked out, with everyone there watching him. They rubbed their eyes, incredulous—and then praised God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this!”

They started out skeptical and ended up praising God.

That is Jesus and that is us some days. Starting out skeptical. Ending up praising God. It is our choice.

Why are you so skeptical?~~Jesus to Ministers (Mark 2:8-12 The Message)

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