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19th Sunday after Trinity Shaped by the Cross Lutheran Church  Laurie, MO

Matthew 9:1-8

And getting into a boat, He crossed over, and came to His own city.  And behold, they were bringing to Him a paralytic, lying on a bed; and Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “Take courage, My son, your sins are forgiven.”  And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.”  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?  For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, and walk’?  But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – then He said to the paralytic – “Rise, take up your bed, and go home.” And he rose, and went home.  But when the multitudes saw this, they were filled with awe, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Our Gospel lesson this morning tells us about a healing, and a whole lot more.  We can observe a principle at work in this account that I call “This, therefore, that”.  It is the principle that argues from the lesser to the greater, or observes that sometimes because one thing is true, something else must also be true.

For example, you are here, therefore you must have gotten out of bed this morning.  That is a simple example of how one thing follows from another.  The Gospel lesson gives us a much more complex and powerful example, wherein Jesus does something no one else could really do, and He says things rightly that no one else could rightly say, and He can do it because one thing necessarily follows the other.  He can do things that only God can do, for example, because He is God.  With that much introduction, then, I invite you to consider our Gospel lesson this morning under the theme, This, Therefore, That.