Read: Mark 2:1-28
Centering Verse: When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)
- How did the actions of the four men who carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus demonstrate faith?
- What does it say about Jesus if he is able to forgive sins? Why was this so scandalous?
- What does Jesus’s parable about the wineskins mean?
- In what ways do you need the Great Physician to heal you?
Our need for Jesus does not stop when we get “saved.” There is an act of grace that God works within us that saves us from our sin and the eternal consequences of sin. Still, there are daily acts of sustaining grace that God works within us continually. We never are released from the care of the Great Physician. One of the dangers of the life of faith is the temptation to slide into spiritual complacency. This attitude convinces us that we are righteous, even at the expense of others. The Pharisees – though many had honest, even admirable, intentions – were especially prone to these temptations. As Christians, we must be on guard against this as well. We might look down on others who do not seem as holy as we are. Yet, we cannot judge the hearts of others; we cannot even adequately judge our own hearts. Remember your continual need for Jesus – a need that we share with every person in the world. And may he forgive us – and heal us – of our spiritual pride.
LORD God, who forgives us and makes us whole, pour out your mercy upon us. May we be merciful, as well, to those whom you place in our path. Amen.