In Mark 2, Jesus first forgives a man of his sins, and then heals his paralysis. Why? Because the man needed both–spiritual healing and physical healing. Jesus clearly knew that if he had only healed the man’s legs, the man would still be lacking. It would be false to say that our material needs don’t matter–the baby would never have been born in Bethlehem if God didn’t love the material world–but it is true that our deepest problems are spiritual. (Think about it, if the material world was all that mattered, then all rich people would be happy.)
The good news: the God who is Spirit entered into material reality and fixed our problem himself.
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