walking with Jesus: the ‘religion’ or Jesus?

Healing of the Paralytic Man Mark 2:1-5

Today we continue to walk with our Lord – Jesus. In Mark 2 we read further the issue of who has the final authority and say, the ‘religion’ or Jesus?

Summary of my notes:

Jesus is the Lord. He has the final say and authority over earth, including religions and their practices. Believing in Jesus the Son of God is the key to know what it means to be a Christian.

The teachers of religious laws and the Pharisees found faults with Jesus in four matters:

The essence of  having our sins forgiven compared with physical healing of infirmities;

God-fearing spiritual cleanliness from inside-out compared with mere physical distancing from the ‘unclean’ who do not practice religious laws;

the real motivation of fasting;

and the dispute between ‘harvesting grains’ and meeting an urgent hunger need.

The religious teachers make the biggest mistake: seeing what they want to see and not seeing Jesus as Who He really is, the Son of God.

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Excerpts quoted from the Gospel of Mark chapter 2: (Jesus’ teaching)

10 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man[a] has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, 11 “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

12 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

19 Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. They can’t fast while the groom is with them. 20 But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

27 Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”

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