This week we are looking at one of the most important passages in Mark’s gospel! In Mark 2.1-12, Jesus demonstrates His unique authority to forgive sin. This boldly speaks of His identity as God! What’s also noteworthy is the ordering of the events in this dramatic scene. The obvious need possessed by the paralytic is physical healing, and yet, Jesus first deals with His sin. Jesus is intentional in all that He does. He clearly wants us to see that the greater need is dealt with first, namely the need for forgiveness. As we gather together today and you look around at those to your left and right, you’ll notice that we are all very different. However, there is something that unites us all, and that is our neediness. All humanity shares a common need, and it happens to be our greatest need—the need to have our sin forgiven. In Romans 3.23 Paul writes: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” That’s the problem. Paul then speaks of the solution in Romans 5.8: “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Our greatest need has been met in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Not only does Jesus have the authority to grant us forgiveness, but He provided the one act that makes forgiveness possible. He died on the Cross, in our place, in order to bring us into a relationship with God. Take time today to thank God for His most gracious provision and to share with someone you know the good news that our sin has been dealt, and forgiveness provided, by Jesus Christ.