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The Kingdom: Power to Forgive

The Kingdom: Power to Forgive



Mark has been carefully introducing Jesus Christ,and has strung stories together to make one thematic sentence.This sentence reaches its climax in the healing of the paralyzedman when Jesus declares "Your sins are forgiven!" In this one statement, Mark shows that all of Jesus’ Kingdom authority andpower - demonstrated in His teaching and miracles - is for one purpose: to deal decisively and eternally with the presence and power of sin so as to reconcile us back to God!The forgiveness of sins stands at the heart of the Gospelmessage. Yet, it also poses an important question: How can a just and holy God simply forgive those who have broken His law? Howcan He be just if He does not require lawbreakers to pay the penalty of their crimes? What kind of judge lets the guilty go free? The answer to these fundamental questions lies in understanding the mission that Jesus Christ accomplished through His sinless life, His redeeming death on the cross, and His glorious resurrection from the dead f