When Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He\’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
Which is easier : to say to the paralytic, â€˜Your sins are forgiven,\’ or to say, â€˜Get up, take your mat and walk\’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
We all want everything in life the easy way
Easy way to get a job, promotion, increments
Easy way to make money and to become rich
Easy way to go around
Easy way to get cured of any illness
Easy way to make food for family.
Easy way to loose weight
We don\’t like hassles, problems, and don\’t want the pain or suffering to achieve our goal.
But please remember, there is no easy way out to life. Staying fit, eating well, and making a living, all takes hard work. When we take the easy road, we often miss the suffering, the cross, the pain.
No gain without pain.
Jesus always could have taken the easy way for our salvation, but he did not do it, instead he went thru the difficult way to accomplish the ultimate.
That is the way of the cross.