Mark 2:1-12 Carrier

Mark 2: 1-12

I was planning a completely different message, but part way through something unexpected happened.  Read the Passage and see if you can figure out what is unexpected?

(Spoiler alert… if you read below here you know my answer – yours might be different).

What did you expect Jesus to say to the man ?

  1. “You are healed”
  2. “Get up take your stretcher and walk”
  3. “Can’t you see I’m busy ? “
  4. “Are you going to pay for repairing my roof ?”

Jesus seems to elbowing forgiveness into front and centre.  He wants us to know that this new kingdom is not just about healing on the outside but about healing on the inside.

The good news is that God forgives us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 (NIV)

We kind of believe this (It’s worth reading it out loud a few times), but often don’t feel it.

The Hard news is that there is an expectation for us to forgive.

Say the Lord’s prayer together – (You might have to  look it up)

What do you think about the phrase about forgiveness ?

Now read Mark 11:25

Read Carol Shields poem –

Happiness is the lucky pane of giass

you carry your head.

it takes all your cunning just to hang on to it,

and once it’s smashed you have to move into a different sort of life.

– Carol shields

What does it bring to mind ?

I shared that I don’t think forgiving is quick or easy. I read a prayer called the Prayer before the Prayer. Read it and discuss what it makes you think of ?

Prayer before the prayer

I want to be willing to forgive

but I dare not did not ask for the will to forgive

in case you give it to me

and I am not yet ready,

I’m not yet ready for my heart to soften

I am not yet ready to be vulnerable again

I’m not yet ready to see that there is humanity in my tormentors eyes

or the one that hurt me may also have cried

I am not yet ready for the journey, I’m not yet interested in the path

I’m at the prayer before the prayer of forgiveness

grant me the will to want to forgive

grant it to me, not yet, but soon.

I tentatively suggested

Don’t rush it.

  • It’s O.K. to be angry
  • Remember the log in your eye (matt 7)
  • Forgiveness is not forgetting.
  • Not reconcilation, but it’s O.K. to long for it. God does.

That forgiveness was crucial because

  • It helps us escape from the “YOUNIVERSE”
  • After a while the grudge starts holding you.
  • Unforgiveness is like drinking poison  to kill your enemy.
  • It’s not all about you !

I commended Desmond Tutu’s free forgiveness challenge course : – Check it out (I dare you)

Read Psalm 130 outloud and finish by praying.

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