Today is flag day, which got me thinking about the history of flags. I went to wikipedia.com and found some interesting facts about flags.
- Flags were used in the middle ages to identify a knight.
- Ships began using flags in the 17th century to show their country of origin and to communicate.
- The flag of Denmark was designed in 1478, and is the oldest national flag still in use.
- Flags are also used for religious purposes, such as the Buddhist prayer flags.
And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. (ESV)
In this section of scripture we read about Jesus healing the paralytic and we also learn more about the mission of Jesus.
Jesus has the authority to forgive sins. That means Jesus has the ability and the power to forgive our sins, to cancel out debts, and to pardon us for our transgressions. We are released from the prison of sin. We are set free by Jesus.
Only a few people will be remembered long after they are gone. They made a huge impact on the world and it may never be forgotten.
Most of us will not be famous. After several generations, we will be forgotten. Yet our lives will still have purpose and meaning.
You may never know how your life has affected the people around you and what the long-term consequences of your actions will be. That doesn’t matter. Just know, you will change the world.