The poor Pharisees. Look, let’s give them a pat on the back for effort. They really do try. Unfortunately, they missed the point in the gospel of Mark, chapter two. Jesus steps out of heaven and begins to do miraculous things. He is healing. He is casting out demons. Then, He tells a man his sins are forgiven.
Red light for the Pharisees.
Only God can forgive sins, and they reel back in astonishment that this man would even dare to say that! They ARE right. Only God can forgive sins. But they missed one important fact: Jesus is God!
They were so worried about the rules and focused on the rules that the Pharisees missed Jesus. They were waiting to trip Him up. They knew the rules, inside and out. In fact, they even added their OWN rules to the mix for others to follow! They put so much emphasis on the rules, that they missed out on a fulfilling, purposeful, wonderful, joyous relationship with God.