Scripture Reading: Mathew 9:1-7

Jesus is God and will ever remain God. A few months later, Amy became very ill with gallstones (hard mass forming in the bladder). As she lay in the hospital waiting for surgery, she called out to Jesus saying, “I heard that you have healed so many people in the past, and would you please come and heal me; if you are true! “This sounds rude, but Jesus’ love for Amy was greater than her seeming unbelief. Like Amy, some teachers of the law in our scripture reading today said to themselves, “This man is speaking blasphemy.” To them it was blasphemy for Jesus to claim to forgive sins. Beloved in Christ, Jesus’ mission on earth was to reconcile man to his Father through the sacrificial death on the Cross.

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