Thursday, July 2, 2015
Prayer-a-phrase of Matthew 9:1-8
Crossing over the sea, Jesus came to His own town where the people brought a paralyzed man to Him to be healed. Seeing the faith of his friends, He said to the paralytic:
“Take courage, My child! Your sins are forgiven.”
“What!” some scribes thought, “This Man blasphemes!”
But Jesus knew what they were thinking, so He said:
“Why think such sinful thoughts? For which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Arise and walk!’ But just so you’ll know that the Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins on earth….”
Jesus then turned to the paralytic and said, “Get up! Pick up your bed, and go home.”
The man did! And the awe-struck crowd glorified God for giving such authority to human beings –
for giving us such authority.
©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, and Bible reviewer, prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Matthew from translations provided online by Bible Gateway.