Heard at Café: 2/5/2019

With TRFKATCR right around the corner, the CCF house was decked out in pink, complete with Rick, the inflatable flamingo pool float. We enjoyed refreshing strawberry milk and hibiscus tea, and dug into Oreo turf cups.

We discussed the idea of forgiveness, of how we've shown and received forgiveness. Specifically, Jeremy spoke from Luke 5:17-26, the story of Jesus healing and forgiving a paralyzed man.

17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Remarkable --- this is the what the people in this story take away: that they have experienced remarkable events. They saw something totally unexpected.

Jesus redeems us from sin. Because of sin, the relationship between God and His people has been broken. Throughout the entire Bible, the underlying factor is that there is restoration in Christ from this sin. We have a tendency to overlook the needs of others and ourselves, and it takes honesty to admit that we are all sinners.  When we are faced with fears and sin, when we believe that God might be angry, upset, or disappointed with us, He calls us friend. He tells the paralyzed man, "Friend, your sins are forgiven." Jesus literally puts himself on the same playing field as the paralyzed man. This makes room for a relationship with Him rooted in good.

In the same way, Jesus looks at our sin, at our broken lives, and He calls us friends. He reminds us that He is with us, and that we can be at rest if we find peace in Him. God wants to restore all things, and that includes us. He takes our broken and restores us.

Without a doubt, we have all sinned. The great thing is that Jesus still wants us; He still loves us, and calls us His own. As Jeremy puts it, "We are human, we are broken, and we are forgiven."

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