From Sin To Salvation…
Sometimes when studying the Holy Bible there is something that happens in our heart, mind and soul. Today is one of those days.
After setting out to write about the the laborers and the harvest everything changed as Matthew 9 began to unfold. What a beautiful chapter. It’s as if the whole story of moving from a sinner to redeemed to becoming a fully known child of God happens in a mere 38 verses. We all have time to read 38 verses, especially if it will change our life forever. We mean forever as in from here to infinity and beyond.
And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. ~ Matthew 9:2 KJB
It can’t be any clearer. A man suffering with a disease, be it of the body or the mind, is forgiven of his sins.
Jesus then announces to the world that He has the Power to forgive sins. Jesus does this as He challenges the Pharisee’s with a question regarding their heart. Which is easier to forgive? A broken bone or a broken Spirit? Only Jesus Christ has the power to heal a broken Spirit. Anyone can heal a broken bone.
Jesus establishes Himself as having the Authority and the Power to forgive sins.
For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. ~ Matthew 9:5-6 KJB
This is the point in this one chapter where Jesus Christ makes it quiet clear that He, and He alone, is the Son of God and has all the Power of God. Jesus is only One that can do what He does. We can not go before God unless the vail is ripped. We can not approach God for His majesty is beyond our human strength. What we can do is look to Jesus Christ, whom tore the vail, from top to bottom, which allows the new life in us to spring forth.
No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. ~ Matthew 9:16-17 KJB
As our lives are transformed by our faith we can now accept the love, the guidance and the power of Jesus Christ to fill our heart, mind and soul with His strength. We are now His. We can now live in Christ Jesus and He can live in us.
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: for she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. ~ Matthew 9 20-22 KJB
Standing upon this new foundation of faith, salvation and the Power and Strength of God in all of who we are, we can now share with others our testimony of how we were saved. We can tell others how our lives were broken but Jesus Christ saved us from ourselves and filled us with a peace beyond understanding. A love we did not know existed. A calm that can not be described. Jesus did that for us.
Why would we not want to share this with other people – especially, those that are dying to hear to it?
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. ~ Matthew 9:37-38 KJB
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.