Have you ever thought that you might be unforgivable? Have you ever felt like your sins are too big, too often, or too horrible to be overlooked or healed? Luke tells two stories about Jesus that really touched me.
The first was about a man with leprosy, a terrible skin disease that often represents sin in the Bible. This man came to Jesus. “When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.'” (Luke 5:12).
I love the reaction of Jesus towards this man: “‘I am willing’ he said ‘Be clean!’ And immediately the leprosy left him.” (v 13).
Jesus wants us to be clean, whether it is from leprosy, from sin, or from past mistakes. He is willing to heal and forgive.
The second story was about the paralytic who was lowered on a mat through the roof into the room where Jesus was. When Jesus saw the faith of his friends, he said to the man “Your sins are forgiven” (v20). He was still lying on his mat, but he was now clean. Then to prove that Jesus could forgive sins, he told the man “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” (v24)
He has the power to forgive sins, and to heal us from all our diseases, including our sinfulness, if we are willing. And if we are willing, he is willing.
No sin is too big, bad or horrible to be forgiven, and no one is unforgivable. Let us accept his grace in our lives.