Body and Soul (Mark 2:1-12)
Topic: Sermons Passage: Mark 2:1–2:12
Have you ever gotten really, really hurt? I hope not, because getting hurt is … well, painful. No one likes getting hurt. I speak from experience. I’ve broken multiple bones, torn multiple tendons and ligaments, have had multiple surgeries and probably need a few more. Another pastor once wrote me (after yet another surgery) that “scars are God’s way of reminding you that your past was real.”
But there are other types of hurts, aren’t there? Sometimes you’re not hurting physically but emotionally … or spiritually … or relationally. Sometimes people say things that seem to cut through you like a knife. It hurts when they intend to be mean, but it can hurt more when they don’t even realize the pain their words are causing. Most of us have lived through that … and all of us will. And most of us have, at one time or another, been the cause of that kind of pain.
So, the big question about all of this is … Which is easier to heal? Physical pain or emotional/spiritual/relational pain? And that’s the question Jesus asks in our text for this week. We’re starting Mark 2 and will be reading the well-known story of the paralytic who was lowered through the roof. And as Jesus ministered to the paralytic, He asked this question, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’?”
Jesus addresses both the man’s physical pain and his spiritual pain. And that’s why I’ve entitled this sermon, “Body and Soul.” I hope that seeing what Jesus does for this man, and for us, will help us to heal from our own pain … physical or spiritual. It should be interesting. See you Sunday, Dr. Dave
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