2004-02-15 - Jesus' Claims to be God
What do we know so far?
Who? 1.) Jesus, 2.)Mark, 3.)many people, 4.) four men, carying a 5.) paralyzed man, and 6.) some teachers of the law.
Where? In Capernaum, inside a structure with a door and a roof.
What? 1.)Jesus was preaching to the people, 2.) a paralyzed man is lowered through an opening in the roof next to Jesus. 3.) Jesus sees their faith and forgives the paralyzed man of his sin. 4.) some of the teachers of the law, commenting to themselves that this man (Jesus) is blaspheming! because only God can forgive sins.
What is the definition of the words Blasphemy and Blaspheming?
blas*phe*my n, pl -mies 1 : the act of expressing lack of reverence for God 2 : irreverence toward something considered sacred -- blas*phe*mous adj
blas*pheme vb blas*phemed, blas*phem*ing 1 : to speak of or address with irreverence
Ok from that, we know that the teachers of the Law believed only God could forgive sins, and because Jesus was forgiving sins, in their understanding, he was claiming to be God.
Lets continuine reading in Mark chapter 2.
Mark (2:8) Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this is what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, "Why are you thinking these things? (2:9) Which is easier. to say to this paralyzed man 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'?"
A belief the people had was that a person's sins, or the sins from his parents or further blood relatives, were what caused a person to have an illness, a deformity, blindness, or be paralyzed etc.
Therefore, if God forgave your sins, you would be healed.
Lets continue reading in Mark Chapter 2.
Mark(2:10) "But, I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." So he said to the man, (2:1) "I tell you get up, take your mat and go home." (2:12) He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone, and they praised God, saying "We have never seen anything like this!"
Here we see that Jesus forgave the sins of the man and told him to get up, take his mat and go home. And to everyone's amazement, the man did just that! The people worshiped God because only God could have done this, and it was done before their very eyes.
Jesus did all of this with the confidence that He was the authority. He used the phrases "Son, your sins are forgiven", "I want you to know", "I tell you get up." Jesus never said, "God forgives your sins," "God wants you to know," or "God said get up."
Remember, they didn't have the New Testament; they only had the Old testament.
This correlates to God in the Old Testament calling himself "I AM" and telling people to say that "I AM sent me." He didn't say "I AM said he forgives your sins, "I AM wants you to know" or I AM said get up." Jesus spoke from the first person. He commanded, and he said "I."
God bless you, my friends.
Rob - I want my life just to be for the glory of God.