5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Mark 2:5-7, New International Version
How radical are we in proclaiming and living out the gospel?
Jesus’ profound revelation of God’s grace was so radical that the Pharisees called him blasphemous. The spiritual danger of these religious legalists is in believing that God is not loving enough or merciful enough to forgive the sins of the most undeserving. As such they and many of their modern-day counterparts often treat human disasters or tragedies as divine punishments and not an opportunity for God to work powerfully.
The word “radical” literally means getting back to the root of something. There are believers who give more devotion to man-made traditions and doctrines than being actual followers of Jesus. Innately they have forgotten their roots and thus they are no longer living radically in Christ.
In living radically in Christ we must present and experience the gospel in such a way that we make people think and rethink their basic assumptions about God’s grace. In other words, the good news must sound too good to be true for those who resist it. And they will accuse us of blasphemy and reject all that Christ offered them.
Being a Christian is more than holding to a set of doctrinal beliefs. It is about being rooted and grounded in Christ. Jesus is the basis of your faith. If what you know about God’s grace doesn’t make you excited and want to say, “AMEN!”, then maybe you need to hear and keep hearing the gospel again.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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