Scripture selection: Luke 7:48-50
Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
It was no less than blasphemy.
Many listening to Jesus offer forgiveness of sins were shocked to hear him do it. After all, only God could forgive sins, right?
There he was, though, compassionately reaching out, offering grace, just for the taking. There were no strings attached, just pure, simple, beautiful grace.
It was – and is – no less than a gift from God.
So, even today, it shocks people.
It shocks those who don’t believe certain people should receive it.
It shocks those who don’t believe they should receive it themselves.
It shocks the rule makers and the bean counters of the world.
It delights those who simply celebrate the depth of God’s incomparable love for His children.
I for one give thanks, every time I see it, every time I can offer it, in God’s name – the gift – forgiveness.