This particular seal was not confronted by the man. By this time, they had brought the paralyzed man before Jesus. When Jesus saw them, he was moved and thought about all the efforts it took these men to bring the paralyzed man to his presence. He evaluated the intensity of their faith and was moved. Jesus said something that is very interesting. He addressed the root of the problem. Jesus knew that there was a limitation that had to be removed before the paralyzed man could be healed. Jesus knew how to deal with issues from the root. If you don’t know how to deal with issues from the root, you will only be addressing them from the surface; the implication of this is that the problems will keep recurring. Jesus said, there is an evil seal I can see in you and that evil seal of limitation is called SIN. Sin is an evil seal of limitation, sin brings bondage, sin makes the enemy to have a legal foothold which is all he needs in order to build a stronghold. When people trivialize the impact of sin in their lives, they get into trouble. Sin is a well blocker. You will recall that what brought human misery is the seal of Adam. Jesus said, I am going to deal with the seal of Adam so that you may be free indeed. He said, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee”. Comprehensive solution can only come from Christ because he is the only one who can forgive your sins; he is the only one whose blood can remove your sins and make you sanctified and justified just as if you had never sinned and then glorified. This is comprehensive freedom. No sinner is free indeed and that is why the beginning of deliverance is repentance. Thank God that Jesus has made the provision for us. The bible says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9). This man did not confess, though, perhaps he didn’t even know that his predicament was directly related to sin. Sin incapacitates both physically and spiritually. Sin paralyzes, in fact, the easiest way to enter into spiritual paralysis is through sin – simple instructions neglected.
Religion. Mark 2:6-7, “But some of the Jewish religious leaders said to themselves as they sat there, What? This is blasphemy! Does he think he is God? For only God can forgive sins.” You need to be very careful about some religious leaders because some of them can actually lead you astray if you decide to follow them. Any religious leader that is not pointing you to Christ, beware! Some of these leaders even project themselves above the Rock (Jesus). Jesus is our standard.
PRAY:- Everlasting and Most Holy God I worship You. I thank You for the wonderful salvation package You have delivered to mankind through Your Son Jesus Christ. I celebrate You Jesus as my Lord and personal Saviour. Jesus I enthrone You as the Rock of my salvation and the Rock of my perfection. Amen.
TO BE CONTINUED.