The Jesus Factor: Can you believe Jesus is a forgiving friend?

Hands down, the best way to learn who a person is you have to talk them. Also, seek information about people who know them. So, I encourage you to sit down and ask Jesus “Who are you, deep down inside who are you?” Then I encourage you to read in the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They were Jesus’s disciples. They spent a lot of time with him and knew him very well.

Next, I encourage you to start a journal in a composition book or notebook to document all that you will learn. This is very important in your journey of learning the Jesus Factor. You can write down what your learning, notes given from information, and your own personal comments and views. Also, you can refer back and read what you have learned. Then think about what you’ve written down. This is called “meditating,” it’s very benefitual to you.

To start out learning about the Jesus Factor I was asked a question. A question I am now asking you. What is it about someone famous you want to meet that makes you want to meet them? Write it down as I did in my journal. Now apply that question to Jesus. Why do you want to know Jesus? What about him draws you to him? What qualities does he have, what characteristics attract you to him? After you do this as I did, I want you to partake in a study. A study, I did and was very blessed by drawing me closer to Jesus. Drawing me closer threw one of the many Jesus Factors.

The Study:
Mark 2:1-12 Jesus heals a paralytic man.
( Deepen your understanding of the reading, at another time, learning what Matthew and Luke said. Mt 9:1-8; Lk 5:17-26.)

King James Version (KJV)
Mar 2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
Mar 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
Mar 2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
Mar 2:4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
Mar 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
Mar 2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
Mar 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
Mar 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
Mar 2:9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
Mar 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
Mar 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
Mar 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

The English Revised Version (ERV)

Mar 2:1 A few days later, Jesus came back to Capernaum. The news spread that he was back home.
Mar 2:2 A large crowd gathered to hear him speak. The house was so full that there was no place to stand, not even outside the door. While Jesus was teaching,
Mar 2:3 some people brought a paralyzed man to see him. He was being carried by four of them.
Mar 2:4 But they could not get the man inside to Jesus because the house was so full of people. So they went to the roof above Jesus and made a hole in it. Then they lowered the mat with the paralyzed man on it.
Mar 2:5 When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the paralyzed man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”
Mar 2:6 Some of the teachers of the law were sitting there. They saw what Jesus did, and they said to themselves,
Mar 2:7 “Why does this man say things like that? What an insult to God! No one but God can forgive sins.”
Mar 2:8 Jesus knew immediately what these teachers of the law were thinking. So he said to them, “Why do you have these questions in your minds?
Mar 2:9 The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins. But how can I prove this to you? Maybe you are thinking it was easy for me to say to the crippled man, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ There’s no proof it really happened. But what if I say to the man, ‘Stand up. Take your mat and walk’? Then you will be able to see if I really have this power or not.” So Jesus said to the paralyzed man,
Mar 2:11 “I tell you, stand up. Take your mat and go home.”
Mar 2:12 Immediately the paralyzed man stood up. He picked up his mat and walked out of the room. Everyone could see him. They were amazed and praised God. They said, “This is the most amazing thing we have ever seen!”

In this recollection of Jesus, from Mark, Jesus goes to Caper’naum. After, a few days people people spread the word that Jesus was in town (Mk 2:1). Many people get together really quickly, so many people that there was not enough room for them all to sit where Jesus was at (Mk 2:2). Even still Jesus, began to speak to them and deliver a sermon (Mk 2:3).

Some friends of a paralytic man carried him to see Jesus (Mk 2:3). When they couldn’t get him any where near Jesus they got on the roof, made a hole and lowered him down (Mk 2:4).

Jesus saw the faith that the man and his friends in him and said “Son, thy sins are forgiven thee (Mk 2:5).” The people in there started talking about Jesus within their hearts, within their thoughts, they considered him to speak blasphemies (Mk 2:7).

Jesus knew what they were thinking very quickly inside himself, that they were questioning him within themselves (Mk 2:8). So he asked them “Hey, why are you questioning me?” Basically, saying to them “Hey, whatz up? You got something to say to me, don’t be shy, say it, I know what your thinking (Mk 2:8).”

He looked at them and said “Is it easier for you to believe something you can see, like me telling dude, get up and walk (Mk 2:9)?” Jesus then looks at the many with palsy and lets him know he has authority to forgive his sins (Mk 2:10). Then he tell him “Hey, get up take your mat and walk home (Mk 2:11).”

So, what happened? The dude got up, grabbed his mat and walked home (Mk 2:12). Also, those questioning me using the word dude, dude means man, FYI.
Everyone there was amazed, they praised God, saying “Wow, we never saw anything like this before (Mk. 2:12)!”

Wow! To say the least. Could even begin to imagine something happening like that right in front of you? However, first let’s rewind. First, I want to point out the friends of the paralytic dude weren’t giving up when they came and saw the crowds of people. They really had faith, had belief with out proof, that Jesus could heal their friend. They had so much faith they climbed up on a roof, cut a whole in it and put their buddy down the hole to see Jesus. How many of us can say we have that much faith in to do that just to see Jesus? A lot I pray.

Now, they weren’t expecting Jesus to forgive their buddy and give him salvation. I mean for real wow! Score one for the home team. Because he healed the dude and saved him! That’s what I’m talking about, Bonus!

As great as all this was there were still people there doubting Jesus, saying “Awww, this dude’s off the meter, for real, who does he think he is? Sayin, I can forgive your sins, he ain’t God, only God can do that.” Jesus knows all of our thoughts. He knew what those people were thinking, like he knows what your thinking right now. So Jesus asks them straight up, “Is it easier for you to believe something you can physically see? Like me telling dude get up and leave, walk home?”

What was the point that he made here? Well, if Jesus can heal the dude and he can get up and walk home, when he was carried in, if you people saw this happen, why can’t you believe I can forgive you for your sins? Aren’t you contradicting yourselves? Saying “oh, Jesus can do that he can heal people who are paralytic, which is amazing and never done before, but no one ever forgave your sins before either, but he can’t do that, cause I can’t see it.” If Jesus, proved he could do one, doesn’t that mean by all means he can do the other? Just saying people.

Let’s think about this though. What happens when you forgive someone? Those forgiven, you talk to them more right? It can draw you closer to the forgiver right? The friendship between the two deepens right? So by giving us forgiveness we could say Jesus is deepening our friendship with him. He chooses to deepen our friendship with him. Yet just like us, it’s up to us, it’s our choice to accept the friendship from the forgiver. Well I bet your saying right now yeah, that happens with mankind. This is Jesus. So, there’s a big difference here. I’m gonna tell ya though people it’s the same with Jesus. Just ask him, he will answer you. Share with him. Spend time with him. Get to know him. Treat it like other friendships you have, be a friend to him to. Just I would reconsider rejecting his friendship, ya know what I’m saying? Give him a chance. What do you have to lose?

So I want you to think about what we’ve learned today about our friend Jesus. Write this down if you want to keep it. Jesus cares about us. How do we know? He has the gift of healing and wants us to all be healed. It says we were healed by his strips. He suffered a lot so we could have so much. And don’t believe those lies about him. He doesn’t give us sickness so we can suffer to remember him. He doesn’t want us to be sick or in pain. Don’t believe me, either way you believe I suggest you talk to him and ask him. We also learned he has authority to forgive our sins and want to forgive us. Meaning he’s a very forgiving person.

Next for fun I want you to think about what motivates you to put forth some effort to get to know Jesus. What can you do to know him as a friend. If your thinking I dunno, then think about your best friend. What motivates you to spend time with them and to do things with and for them? Write it down. Now apply that to Jesus. It’s your choice who want to be friends with. Just think about it people and be blessed! I am choosing Jesus, who are you gonna choose for yourself? Just sayin.

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