Pastor’s Letter – April 26, 2020 – Which Is Easier?

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?

Mark 2:9

Dear Church and Friends,

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done or the hardest thing you’ve ever been through? Each one of us could answer that question and if we put all our answers together not one of them would be the same. Jesus asked the Scribes about a hard thing.

In the second chapter of Mark we find the story of the paralytic man and his four, faithful friends. In verse 9 Jesus asks a question which scrambles my brain. Neither one is easy. Both options are hard! As I was meditating on this passage it occurred to me that Jesus is God, the second person of the Godhead, the only begotten of the Father, the Son of God, the Son of David, the Son of Man, Messiah, prophet, priest, and king.

Nothing is hard for him! It’s hard for me and the Scribes. Then I realized, things are hard for me, nothing is hard for him. So, when I find myself facing hard things (which I seem to do on a regular basis) all I need to do is call on him. He’s the one who forgives sin and heals a paralyzed body. Nothing I face is too much for Jesus the Christ. In your hard time, call on him.

Music: A little a cappella music for your Sunday listening. This is the group Doxology from Southern Seminary.

Prayer Requests: Pray for our missionary Kirk Kirkland, pastor of Revive City Church, a Cincinnati Area Baptist Association member.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

Question 95: What do you call a visible church?

Answer: A company of men that live under the outward means of salvation.

Question 96: What are the principles parts of this ministry?

Answer: The administration of the Word and the ordinances.

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

All my best.

But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

Mark 2:10-11

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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