Showing posts with label Sin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sin. Show all posts

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Forgiving Sin

The literary unit in chapters 1 and 2 of the Gospel of Mark includes five stories highlighting the authority of Jesus as the “Son of Man.” It also shows the growing conflicts between him and the religious authorities based in the Jerusalem Temple, especially over issues of ritual purity and Sabbath regulations. There are parallels between the present story and the preceding one about the cleansing of the leper.

Authority over Purity Codes

The touch of the Nazarene cleansed a leper from ritual impurity, restoring him physically AND religiously, and Jesus touched the leper BEFORE he was cleansed of his ritual defilement. Any concern over contracting “uncleanness” did not prevent the Messiah from healing a Son of Israel - His touch drove out the disease and cleansed the man’s ritual defilement - (Mark 1:40-45).

Monday, January 29, 2024

His Authority

After defeating Satan, Jesus began to proclaim the “Good News” of the Kingdom – “The season is fulfilled, the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe the Gospel.” The term “Kingdom of God” is a summary statement that meant different things to different people, but the man from Nazareth identified his mission and coming reign with the glorious “Son of Man” figure first introduced in the Book of Daniel.