Sunday, August 17, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Luke 5:17-25
17 One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. 18 And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. 19 But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, He said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven you." 21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?" 22 But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 "Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins have been forgiven you,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? 24 "But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,"--He said to the paralytic--"I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home." 25 Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God.
This morning, I was scanning through Fox News' sight, and two headlines seemed interestingly placed. A piece on Dave Bliss has the headline "Report: Baylor Coach Urged Lies" with the following headline being "'He's Going to Face Eternal Judgment'" That depends on whether Bliss knows the Lord or not (or Idi Amin, the real subject of the second article). If some of Baylor's Baptist convictions rubbed off on Bliss, he might well have. God has the power to wipe out anyone's sins, even Idi Amin's. Remember that He used a mass murderer name Saul to write the lions-share of the New Testament. If his answers to James Dobson were legit here, Ted Bundy found the Lord before visiting Ol' Sparky. Jesus makes sure that he points out that he has that power by a healing. You can't see a slate being wiped clean in God's books, but you can see earthy miracles. This came from faith, a faith that doesn't have to be 20 times as strong to blot out 20 times the sin. God's eraser's one size fits all. If someone had snuck into his Saudi villa the last few days and brought Amin to Christ, he'd have been one more name in the Lamb's Book of Life. It doesn't seem fair to those of us who've led a much-less-sinful life, but it's God forgiveness to give, and we all need that eraser used on our slates. God's eraser's bigger than your sins. If your way to God in your mind is blocked by your past, remember that if God can forgive a mass murderer, his eraser's got room for your sins.

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