A NOTE FROM PASTOR MARGE
You are forgiven. Three powerful words indeed. Words we need to hear each and every day. God is the God of neverending and undeserved favor towards us. He is the God of amazing Grace. Jesus, in the story of the healing of the paralytic, not only heals the paralytic’s body, but he also heals his soul when he proclaims, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” What a seemingly odd response as the paralytic’s friends lower him down to Jesus, but those three words changed that man’s life forever. Those three words have certainly changed my life. Jesus Christ served as the propitiation for all of our sin. Think about it this way: imagine you go out to eat and run up a gigantic bill. You’ve had everything on the menu to eat and are faced with paying a seemingly impossible bill. However, the waiter never gives you the bill! Instead, you discover that your bill has been paid in full and you owe absolutely nothing. That is what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. He took our bill containing all kinds of sin, and he paid it in full for us. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says this: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” We are the righteousness of God, a forgiven and redeemed people, church. May the words that Jesus spoke to the paralytic 2,000 years ago continue to speak life and hope to us today. Friends, you are forgiven. May
we never forget that.