Now and later

Long term or short term solutions? Why not both?

Matthew 9 starts out with the story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man. There is more details about the story in Mark 2 and Luke 5. The mans friends were so determined to get their sick buddy to Jesus that they hauled him up to the roof, made a hole, rigged some ropes, and lowered their buddy down from the ceiling. Kind of like a reverse jewel heist.

“Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”’

(Matthews version is underwhelming in suspense and drama. )

I wonder what his friends thought about going through all the trouble to get their buddy to Jesus, only for Jesus to forgive his sin. But the story continues.

“3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.”

My long term problem is the sin that separates me from God. If it isn’t taken care by the time I die I will go to hell. My short term problems, health, wealth (or lack of), clothing, shelter, they are what I pray about, what I worry about, what consumes my focus and energy but the real problem of sin is much more serious.

As I’m writing this I’m listening to an icy wind howling outside. It’s 19 degrees with a 9 mph wind. According to my weather ap It feels like 8 degrees. It reminds me of the harshness of our world and how real our problems are. Life can seem long but it’s measured in years. Death and what comes after? We can’t measure because you can’t measure something that continues forever. Eternity is eternal.

Is it easier for Jesus to heal me or forgive me? Which is more important? Healing seems very important when I’m sick but Since healing will only last my lifetime how important is it? Forgiving my sin will change my life for now and forever.

I am so grateful that I can go to Jesus and be forgiven and ask for healing. I know I will be forgiven, I don’t know if I’ll be healed. I think I’m still getting what’s important.

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?

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  1. Hi, Pete and Mary too So glad to be in your post, and think you have a great ministry. Keep it up. Does Shari, that likewise incredible Loeffelbein, have a Blog? She certainly has the inner rich life and beauty of soul to have one. If she does, give her my email(assuming that she can tolerate her former “Dr. Strange” pedagogue, and both you and your sister were really favorites of mine, though I tried hard to hide it. Favoritism, you know? Anyway, have you ever seen a Counselor? I saw mine today at 9am, one Dr. Richard Bartlett, and he’s helped me a lot about my self-conscious insecurity which was so green in my adolescence and even in my 20’s or 30’s when I composed a Public Face like a Noh-Japanese Drama of a Kabuki mask to wear for the OTHER Kabuki-public personas I was greeting. And there were so many at that time, so many eyes assessing one in so many classes, and some of them were inquisitive, but some a bit hostile near the end. But I am so glad you have found your Christological niche, and your wife, Mary, is a blessing and a musical wonder for you. Hope your kids are fine, and my three are prospering; will tell you about 1st Born Heath soon. Right now he’s employed as Card Dealer for the Circus Circus Casino in LV, hoping to make decent money beyond the $4K he made dealing in Everett, WA.

    Will check in with you later about more religious themes, and explore notes etc. Thanks for being the blessing you are to the world. Regards and affection, Bill Hensleigh

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