It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.
Jesus saw their FAITH and their sins were forgiven. Seems pretty simple but people make this concept difficult:
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:20
Praise the LORD , all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD .
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” ~Jesus
Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” THEY DREW BACK and FELL TO THE GROUND.
This verse struck me today:
JHN 16:2 NIV
They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.
(The Words of Christ)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~Jesus
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. ~Jesus
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. ~Jesus
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Jesus must have felt like a broken record at times. He had to repeat Himself a lot. Over and over again and they still didn't get it. I think it would have been more difficult to grasp back then. At least we have the Text today. It's really not that hard. That's why they call it Good News:
“Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” ~Jesus
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” ~Jesus