Monday, March 24, 2014

The Proof is in the Pudding

We all live in this bipolar world – of body and soul; thoughts and words; intentions and actions which don’t necessarily correlate. Sometimes they are outright at war with each other!

We think one thing, then say another and do the third, all this in random order. Based on our fears, desire to please, impress, manipulate, avoid pain, gain advantage - you name it.

When Jesus entered our world, everybody assumed He was just like us. Say things – some even outrageous things – but not really mean them.  Not really do anything about them. We are so used to this we rarely hold anybody accountable for such despicable behavior.  Because, we all do it. By pointing one finger at you, I point three back at me. 

But, when He said He forgave the paralytic man his sins, … well, that pushed some people’s envelope.

Who can forgive sins but God alone?

Jesus, you've crossed the line. You are out of bounds now.  You've gone too far. Reel it back in. Lower the ball. 

But, Jesus doesn't lower the ball.  He doesn't reel it back in, He doesn't apologize for going too far and out of bounds. 

In fact, He welcomes the opportunity to challenge our bipolar world view.

Why are you so skeptical? Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or say, ‘Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking’?

Suddenly, He brings our bipolar world together. Sets the record straight.

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 itgot up, grabbed his stretcher, and walked out

Voila.  Just like that.

Indeed, the proof is in the pudding. 

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