WYSI-not-WYG

29 01 2012

BBC Breakfast presented these chocolate delights to viewers this morning.  Belgian chocolates, right?

Don’t be deceived, not even by the BBC!  They are real, chocolate-coated…sprouts.  A baker in Kent wanted to encourage his son to eat his veg and so developed this little ruse.  WYSI – not – WYG.

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Come with Mark to first century Palestine.  Jesus is causing a stir.  Why?  Because he has the audacity to forgive the sins of a paralysed man (see Mark 2:5)  His friends have brought this man for physical healing and have gone to great lengths to present him to Jesus.  And Jesus does heal him so that he, “jumped up, took the mat, and pushed his way through the stunned onlookers.”

But it was so much more than a physical healing; it was a holistic experience, such that the religious leaders who were present couldn’t cope.  They have already heard Jesus’ confident  teaching that questioned their standing with the people.  They have witnessed, or at least heard about other physical healings, but now – this is blasphemy!  Only God can forgive sins! 

Who is this Jesus?

Good question!  He’s not who you think he is.  He’s not merely a carpenter from up north, a persuasive teacher, a strike-it-lucky healer, a crowd pleaser.

He comes preaching God’s good news – “The Kingdom of God is near!   turn from your sins and believe this Good News!” (Mark 1:14-15)

 

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