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The scriptures record statements made by men concerning Jesus of Nazareth that, at the time they were spoken, represented cynical INDICTMENTS against the Son of God, But the Spirit who inspired scripture enshrined them as eternal MONUMENTS to the glory of his Person. Here are just three:
Jesus Associating with Sinners
Luke 15:2—“And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” The religious leaders believed it was beneath the dignity of any ‘man of God’ to associate himself with the riffraff of society. But it was his love for the riffraff that motivated the Son of man to seek them out and fellowship with them. Jesus STILL does so today!
Jesus issued this invitation and promise to the church at Laodicea: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). It’s the wonder of wonders that Jesus STILL associates himself with sinful men willing to receive him, and desires intimate fellowship with them!
Jesus Suffering as King on His Cross
Luke 23:38—“And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” This was at once an accurate statement as well as an understatement. Jesus WAS the King of the Jesus, But he was ALSO the King of heaven and earth with ten thousands of angels at his disposal to destroy those who were about to destroy him.
What the Romans had posted as MOCKERY was actually a tribute to his MAJESTY, which the glorious power of his resurrection would demonstrate a few days hence! Jesus is STILL the King of heaven, the earth, the Jews and of all who've entered his kingdom through simple, childlike faith!
Jesus Forgiving a Palsied Man, Then Healing Him
Mark 2:5-7—“When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?” Before Jesus healed the man sick with palsy, he pronounced him forgiven of his sins. In response to hearing this, the scribes reasoned rhetorically that since (1) no one but God can forgive sins, and (2) Jesus of Nazareth cannot possibly be God in the flesh, his pronouncement must therefore be blasphemous!
The scribes asked the RIGHT question, but came to the WRONG conclusion. Their rhetorical thinking was not rooted in reality. If they had properly perceived WHO he was, they would have accepted WHAT he did—forgave the man’s sins! Jesus proceeded to give them something they could SEE as a basis (sign) for believing what they had HEARD. So he asked: “Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? (2:9). When they beheld the palsied man healed by Jesus, they said: “We never SAW it on this fashion” (2:12). But the question remains: “Was what they had SEEN in terms of his physical wholeness sufficient for them to believe what they had HEARD in terms of his spiritual wholeness?” The one was NOT more difficult for God to accomplish than the other, according to Jesus.
What the scribes believed to be BLASPHEMOUS, we believers see as a source of BLESSEDNESS! The Lord Jesus IS God! For my greatest need—the forgiveness of my sins—Jesus is God’s sufficient and singular answer! Jesus is STILL forgiving sins today in the lives of those who trust in him and the cleansing power of his precious blood!