A Father’s Love

Original text:  https://www.crossway.org/tracts/a-fathers-love-2770/

On December 7, 1988, an earthquake devastated the northwestern section of Armenia, killing an estimated 25,000 people. In one small town, just after the earthquake, a father rushed to his son’s school only to find that the school had been flattened. There was no sign of life.

But he had no thought of turning back. He had often told his son, “No matter what, I’ll always be there for you when you need me!”

Though his prospects appeared hopeless, the father began feverishly removing rubble from where he believed his son’s classroom had been. Other forlorn parents only wailed hopelessly… “My son!” or “My daughter!” Some told the father to go home, that there was no chance that any of the pupils could be alive. To which he always replied, “I made my son a promise that I’d be there for him anytime he needed me. I must continue to dig.”

Courageously, he worked alone; no one volunteered to help him. He simply had to know for himself: “Is my boy alive or is he dead?” With strength and endurance beyond himself, the faithful, loving father continued to dig… for 8 hours… 12… 24… 36 hours. Then in the 38th hour, as he heaved away a heavy piece of rubble, he heard voices. “Armand!” he screamed.

A child’s voice responded: “Dad! It’s me… Armand!” Then, “I told the other kids not to worry. I told them that if you were alive, you’d save me, and when you saved me, they’d be saved. You promised you would always be there for me! You did it, Dad!”

Moments later, the dad was helping his son Armand and 13 more frightened, hungry, thirsty boys and girls climb out of the debris. Free at last! When the building collapsed, these children had been spared in a tent-like pocket.

When the townspeople praised Armand’s dad, his explanation was, “I promised my son, ‘No matter what, I’ll be there for you!'”

The Greatest Rescue

Do you realize that God, the Heavenly Father, is in the rescue business? He has made the greatest effort possible to rescue us from a terrible plight. But unless we have a personal relationship with God through his Son, Jesus Christ, we have no hope of experiencing the benefit of his rescue—spending eternity with him in heaven! According to the Bible, our sin separates us from God: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23): that means separation from God forever.

But the Bible tells us that God “so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). He offers you the free gift of “eternal life through Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:23). You cannot be saved through your own effort: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

God has already reached out in love to rescue you. Much like the father who rescued his son after the earthquake, God went the limit to make a way out of the lost situation we all were in—“while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God’s sinless Son died on the cross and took the punishment our sins deserved! “Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

To be saved from the condemnation our sin has placed us all in, you must agree with God that you have sinned and that your only hope for rescue is through Jesus Christ’s death…in your place! The Bible says “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Miraculously, Jesus rose from the grave, forever proving his power over sin and death.

Now, because of a Father’s love you can experience the ultimate salvation from an otherwise hopeless situation. Receiving Jesus by faith as your substitute places you into a loving, forgiven relationship with God as your Father with eternal life as your welcome gift into his family!

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Notre Dame fire

For the past 2 days many of us have followed updates on the tragic fire at the 850-year old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  I’ve had a fascination with France and the French language since 2004, while I was still in High School, and French was one of my main subjects for 3 years when I completed my degree.  Combined with my love for history and historic places, this tragedy has touched my heart, and I am saddened that I will never get to visit this amazing architectural wonder in its original form.

Yet, for the past 2 days I have been constantly reminded of Scriptures as I followed the news.  In sharing this, I don’t wish to belittle this tragedy in any way, or imply that it’s insignificant or that God doesn’t care about it.  I believe He cares.  These Bible verses have simply quite significantly come to my mind as I followed the progress of this event, and I hope it will encourage each one reading it.

Notre_Dame_Eiffel_Tower

For someone who has never visited France or the Notre Dame before, some of the photos that I saw online seemed unidentifiable, without enough context.  Until I saw this photo above.  As I saw the landmark Eiffel Tower in the background, smoke rolling up into the sky, I was reminded of the following Scripture:

“Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says, ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?  Did not my hand make all these things?’ ”
~ Acts 7:48-50 ~
“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man…”
~ Act 17:24 ~

What a terrible state we would be in if our amazing Creator-God was limited to living in man-made buildings?  My mind keeps thinking that, if my God had been limited to houses made by human hands, this 850-year old cathedral might have been a quite significant house for Him.

But He doesn’t.

God is the Creator of each tree that had been used as beams in the Notre Dame, each stone and the iron from which the nails were made.  He created the humans who planned and built it, and gave each of them the inspiration and talents to do it.

But He is omnipresent – everywhere at every moment, intimately involved in everything and every person He created.  He lives in Heaven and everywhere on Earth, and everywhere in between.  (See Acts 7 above.)  He lives in us when we accept Him and He stays (“dwells”) with us when we open the doors of our lives to Him. (Revelation 3:20)  He gives us His Holy Spirit to help us wherever we go.

No, my God is not limited to buildings, how impressive they may be.

“Only what’s done for Christ will last…”

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This picture started circulating shortly after the fire had been put out, with plenty of inspiration going with it.  It reminded me of a poem by C.T. Studd, by the name of Only One Life.  The final two lines of each stanza throughout the poem is:

Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 3:9-17 that we are God’s temples.  See the picture above as a spiritual picture, and as you read the Scripture below, keep in mind that it’s not a reflection on the physical building of the Notre Dame, but that the above photo is a picture of God’s spiritual Truth:

“… ye are God’s building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.  But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved;  yet so as by fire.  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

It’s a hard Word to read this morning.  We each have the responsibility to take care of God’s Holy temple – ourselves:  body, soul and spirit – and to live a life that will withstand the test of time.  If our lives are not filled with acts of kindness, love, compassion and forgiveness – just like Jesus showed us through His Life – we might be saved and in heaven with Him one day, but leaving no legacy of the One Who saved us for future generations.

I do believe that the builders of the Notre Dame built something that withstood the test of time.  A building that stood for 850 years is very, very impressive, and no small feat!  But what is left in the ruins points us to God Who came down to die for His creation, suffering incredible damage to His Body so that, after the fire, we may live eternally in a city made of pure gold, with our very Creator.

As we see more of the Notre Dame fire in the news, may you be reminded of the Cross that withstood the test of all time, and the love of your Saviour that suffered death and hell to spend eternity with you.

Only one life

Two little lines I heard one day,
traveling along life’s busy way;
bringing conviction to my heart,
and from my mind would not depart;
only one life, ’twill soon be past,
only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
soon will its fleeting hours be done;
then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
and stand before His Judgement seat;
only one life, ’twill soon be past,
only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
gently pleads for a better choice.
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
and to God’s holy will to cleave;
only one life, ’twill soon be past,
only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
each with its clays I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
only one life, ’twill soon be past,
only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
when Satan would a victory score;
when self would seek to have its way,
then help me Lord with joy to say;
only one life, ’twill soon be past,
only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
in joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
faithful and true what e’er the strife,
pleasing Thee in my daily life;
only one life, ’twill soon be past,
only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
and from the world now let me turn;
living for Thee, and Thee alone,
bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
only one life, ’twill soon be past,
only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
now let me say, “Thy will be done”;
and when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “ ’twas worth it all”;
only one life,’twill soon be past,
only what’s done for Christ will last.

Extra stanza:

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
if the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.

~ Written by:  C.T. Studd ~

Judgement vs. Acceptance

When I was 6 years old my step-grandmother committed suicide.  She had been battling with depression for many, many years, and she finally came to the point when she felt she just couldn’t go on…

Us children were kept from seeing anything traumatic, but my parents told us what had happened and sympathetically explained that she was sick, and that she had shot herself because she didn’t know how to live anymore.  They explained that this isn’t how God wants us to die, but that it didn’t mean my grandmother wasn’t a child of God.  I remember that myself (aged 6), my cousin (aged 7) and my sister (aged 3) said a prayer that evening in innocent sincerity to ask Jesus to forgive my grandmother for taking her own life.

Although I can recall what happened since we got the call, I am lucky enough that it wasn’t really a traumatic event for me.  There was, however, a single fact of the circumstances under which my grandmother died, that has influenced my life and being immensely:  when she pulled the trigger, her Bible lay opened next to her, with the following Bible verse highlighted:

“Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”
~ Matthew 7:1-2, ESV

“Judge not…”

Even though I seldom thought on the events of her passing, these words were etched into my heart as a final truth that she shared on her death-bed, and it’s one of the Scriptures that have most influenced my being.

In the course of my work, I had a discussion with a person of another faith yesterday.  It was an open, somewhat philosophic discussion, and although I have no desire to follow their religious beliefs, I am adamant about being respectful towards it.  When I drove home, I prayed and realized that the opposite of judgement is acceptance.

One of my deepest desires is to live a life that is free of judgement.  I pray that any kind of person will feel welcome in my company, that they will feel accepted and never judged when they are around me.  I have the active mindset that since God is the Only One Who knows each of our deepest beings, our complete history as well as every circumstance that have influenced who we are right now… that He is the Only One Who can ever judge a human being.  It is not my place or responsibility to decide on the fate of anyone else, based on what they do or believe, because if Jesus Christ could forgive and save a murderer on the cross (Luke 23:39-43) – in his last moments, with nothing to offer – then I have no business trying to pass a judgement on people based on what they do.

This doesn’t mean that any action or deed is acceptable or right.  Let me illustrate an example:  I can personally never be reconciled with the idea of abortion, BUT it does mean that I am conscious not to judge people who have chosen to abort a baby.  I realize that people make choices with the information they have on hand at the moment – and whether these choices are truly right or wrong, the person who made the choice thought they did what was right or best.  It causes me to respond to them with compassion and acceptance of their person, even when they did something that I believe to be wrong.

Isn’t this how Jesus responded to those He met during His life?  You only have to read the Gospels to see that the judgemental, proud, “religious” folk were very uncomfortable with Him, but that the sinners were welcomed and accepted by Him.  He knew their complete history and beings, and what caused them to do what they did, and He knew that they would be drawn to God when they see His love.  They were accepted in Jesus’ company – not because Jesus endorsed their wrong actions, but because He understood and had compassion for each person.  (Matt. 9:36, Matt. 14:14, Matt. 15:32, Matt. 20:34, Mark 1:41, Luke 7:36-50, Luke 19:5, John 8:11)

What a beautiful place the world would be if every Christian were to respond to a broken world with compassion instead of judgement.  How many broken-hearted people could receive the love of a Saviour if they felt accepted when coming to a church service.  And… how broken might our Father’s heart feel when we try to pass a judgement on people He created, that Only HE is qualified to do…

The Bible says that there will be a day of judgement, but it is not yet.  (Matt. 12:36)  Until then, each person – regardless of any factor – CAN be saved, and it’s not my place to condemn them for sinning different than me.  May God have mercy to help me reflect His light and love in this broken world, that others will desire to know Him even as He knows them.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
~ Matthew 5:16

Blessings*

Redemption

The darker the night, the brighter the day;
the fiercer the fight, the stronger the faith;
so I place my hope in You.

The deeper the sin, the stronger the Blood;
the more to forgive, the more reason to love;
so I place my trust in You.

In Your ways, oh God, redemption
is so much better than perfection.

In Your ways, oh God,
over and over You prove You’re so faithful…

over and over You prove Yourself a Redeemer.

The darker the night, the brighter the day;
the fiercer the fight, the stronger the faith;
so I place my hope in You.

In Your ways, oh God, redemption
is so much better than perfection. (x2)

In Your ways, oh God,
over and over You prove You’re so faithful…

over and over You prove Yourself a Redeemer.

Over and over, over and over,
over and over You prove Yourself faithful…
Over and over, over and over,

over and over You prove Yourself a Redeemer.

The darker the night, the brighter the day.
The fiercer the fight, the stronger the faith.
The deeper the sin, the stronger the Blood.
The more to forgive, the more reason to love.

~ Performed by: Kristene Mueller {Bethel}
Album:  Those who dream ~

I’d like to be

I’m a BIG fan of the “What’s In The Bible” series.  I’m grateful to own all 13 DVD’s.  For some reason, the childlike faith captured in this song touches my heart like no other children’s song…

I’d like to be in the Kingdom of God
where there’s no crying,
there’s no dying…
It makes me want to applaud
and say, “Hey, God – You’re fantastic,
and I am so enthusiastic!
You’ll redeem creation
and I get to share Your invitation
with everybody, with everybody I meet.”

Visit What’s in the Bible’s website!
https://whatsinthebible.com/

~ Written by:  Phil Vischer
Performed by:  Ian (voiced by Phil Vischer) for What’s In The Bible, DVD’s 10 and 13 ~

If it’s Amazing Grace

There comes a time when we all take a breath,
admit who we are, with all our mess;
stand there and tremble and hope for the best –
knowing it’s out of our hands…

But if it’s Amazing Grace, let it do what it does:
it can reach far beyond anything we have done!
Truth is, there’s just some things that cannot be explained…
It’s gonna find a way if it’s Amazing Grace.

Many before us have stood on that ledge –
arguments filling their hearts and their heads
to only discover that it’s all been true:
that it can make anyone new!

Chorus

It crashes through darkness;  shatters our shame!
We can run all we want, it keeps calling our names…
It’s strong and relentless;  full of forgiveness;
No depth it won’t go, just to save…

But if it’s Amazing Grace, let it do what it does:
it can reach far beyond anything we have done!
Truth is, there’s just some things that cannot be explained…
It’s gonna find a way if it’s Amazing Grace;

it’s gonna find a way if it’s Amazing Grace
I know my heart’s been changed by this Amazing Grace.

~ Written by:  Chris Cleveland, Michael Farren & Seth Mosley
Performed by:  Stars Go Dim ~

Majesty (Here I am)

Here I am, humbled by Your Majesty…
covered by Your grace so free.  (Eph. 2:8)
Here I am, knowing I’m a sinful man,  (Rom. 3:23)
covered by the Blood of the Lamb…  (Eph. 1:7, 1 John 1:7, 1 Peter 4:8)

Now I’ve found the greatest love of all is mine  (John 15:13)
since You laid down Your life:  the greatest sacrifice!

Majesty, Majesty…
Your grace has found me just as I am:
empty handed, but alive in Your hands.  (John 10:29)

Here I am humbled by the love that You give;  (1 John 4:19, Rom. 5:8)
forgiven so that I can forgive.  (Col. 3:13, Matt. 6:14)
So here I stand, knowing that I’m Your desire,  (Job 14:15)
sanctified by glory and fire.  (1 Pet. 4:12)

Now I’ve found the greatest love of all is mine
since you laid down your life:  the greatest sacrifice!

Majesty, Majesty…
Your grace has found me just as I am:
empty handed, but alive in Your hands.
Majesty, Majesty…
Forever I am changed by Your love
in the presence of Your Majesty… Majesty…

[Instrumental]

Majesty, Majesty!
Your grace has found me just as I am:
and I’m nothing, but alive in Your hands.  (Isaiah 40:17; read in context!*)
Majesty, Majesty!
Forever I am changed by Your love
in the beauty of Your Majesty…

~ Written by:  Stu Gerrard & Martin Smith
Performed by:  Delirious? ~

* Footnote about Isaiah 40:17

The Book of Isaiah is filled with Scriptures that declares God’s Almighty Sovereignty, and His righteousness in contrast with our sinfulness.  I absolutely love this book in the Bible, because woven throughout the text that shows us how big our God is, are amazingly beautiful verses that describe how much He loves us, particularly from Isaiah 40 onward.  Below are a few of these examples, all to be read in context, but such beautiful declarations of Almighty God’s love for His children (Gal. 3:27-29, Col. 3:10-11):

“But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee…” Is. 41:8-10, 13

“But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, o Jacob, and He that formed thee, o Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine…” Is. 43:1

“Yet now hear, o Jacob my servant: and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, o Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen…” Is. 44:1-2

“Remember these, o Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: o Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee…” Is. 44:21-22
(This passage actually reminds me of the story of Hosea, who redeemed (bought) the prostitute woman and loved her in spite of her turning back to her old ways.)

“Thus saith the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holdenI will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight… For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” Is. 45:1-2, 4) (See Romans 5:8 & 1 John 4:19 above)

“Hearken unto me, o house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: And even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” Is. 46:3-4

“Sing, o heavens; and be joyful, o earth; and break forth into singing, o mountains: for the LORD hath comforted His people, and will have mercy upon His afflicted. But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Is. 49:13-16

“For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is His Name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall He be called. For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.” Is. 54:5-8

Psalm 139

“Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”

~ Psalm 239:23-24, KJV ~

When I read this Scripture, I am reminded of a beautiful explanation of these verses that I saw on a video by The Skit Guys.  If you know the Skit Guys’s videos, you’ll know that although these are incredibly deep verses, they are a comedy duo that aims to teach Biblical Truths in a humorous, practically applicable way. It’s also worth mentioning that their target audience for this video (and many other) are teenagers.

*Please watch this video with an open mind, and as a humorous explanation of the verses.

Hope you’ll enjoy this video as much as I did, and that you’ll find in the above verses a most beautiful prayer.

The Skit Guys refer to a few different Bible Versions in their explanation of these verses. You can compare different translations at BibleHub.com.

They mentioned another of their videos, God’s Chisel, which is completely worth watching! [God’s Chisel Remastered]

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
~ Psalm 51:10, KJV ~

Being known

A few weeks ago, I had a moment with my husband where, for a moment, I knew what he was thinking. It happens when people know each other very well, and if you’ve spent a lot of time together. You start to recognize situations, or you remember a previous conversation or circumstance, and sometimes, you just know what the other person is thinking as a situation occurs.

In a second, God drew my attention to Himself.

There are a few passages in the Bible when Jesus answered the scribes and Pharisees’ thoughts without them having to say a word. I’ll highlight a few for you:

“But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts?’ ” – Matthew 9:4 (ESV)

“When Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered them, ‘Why do you question in your hearts?’ ” – Luke 5:22 (ESV)

I had always thought that Jesus knew their thoughts because He is God, simply because He is all-knowing and He knew all their darkness and evil motives. But, in that moment, I realized something incredibly beautiful.

Jesus knew their thoughts because these individual persons were indescribably loved by Him. He knew these people as individuals, loving their personality traits and quirks and knowing their concerns. In spite of their attitude towards Him, Jesus had an immensely deep love for these persons, just as He loves every human He ever created (again, in spite of what they do / don’t do).

He knew their thoughts, because He knew them.

Suddenly, I don’t read these passages of Scripture with a smug attitude, as if Jesus answered their thoughts out of pride or to show Himself off to them*. Instead, I read these with a sense of Jesus’ deep compassion and love, and I imagine Him with care asking them these questions so that they can realize how unreasonable they were being. (Refer to the passages in context at the bottom of this post.) He was helping them out of love, guiding them to a better understanding of what God’s Law was really about.

I thank God for the compassionate love He has for each of us. I am grateful that Jesus knows and loves me and all about me, in spite of my flaws and failures, and that He will take the time to address my thoughts so that I can realize my need for (more of) Him.

May you also realize His immeasurable love for you today. May you meditate on the fact that God loves you as you are, He delights in you because of who He made you to be, graciously forgiving your mistakes, knowing all about you more intimately than anyone ever can.

Praise be to God!

* Notice how, in both passages below, Jesus was not drawing attention to Himself, but God was glorified through His miracles. Although Jesus is part of the God-head, it was not clear to the scribes and Pharisees at this point in time (perhaps some realized it later).

I’d love to hear if you find some more passages where Jesus knew their thoughts!

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Matthew 9
1  And He entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into His own city.  2  And, behold, they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; “Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”  3  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, ‘This man blasphemeth.’  4  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?  5  For whether is easier, to say, “Thy sins be forgiven thee”; or to say, “Arise, and walk?”  6  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins,” (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) “Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.”  7  And he arose, and departed to his house.  8  But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

Luke 5
17  And it came to pass on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.  18  And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before Him.  19  And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.  20  And when He saw their faith, He said unto him, “Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.”  21  And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?”  22  But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answering said unto them, “What reason ye in your hearts?  23  Whether is easier, to say, “Thy sins be forgiven thee”; or to say, “Rise up and walk?”  24  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins,” (He said unto the sick of the palsy,) “I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.”  25  And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.  26  And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things to day.”

Luke 7
36  And one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.  37  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,  38  And stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  39  Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, ‘This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner.’  40  And Jesus answering said unto him, “Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.” And he saith, “Master, say on.”  41  “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  42  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?”  43  Simon answered and said, “I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.” And He said unto him, “Thou hast rightly judged.”  44  And He turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, “Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet:  but she hath washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  45  Thou gavest Me no kiss:  but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet.  46  My head with oil thou didst not anoint:  but this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment.  47  Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many, are forgiven;  for she loved much:  but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”  48  And He said unto her, “Thy sins are forgiven.”  49  And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, ‘Who is this that forgiveth sins also?‘  50  And He said to the woman, “Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”