1 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”
4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?
5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?
6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
7 And he arose and departed to his house.
8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
The passages that tell about Jesus healing the sick are very interesting in their differences. Some of the time Jesus responds to the faith of the person, other times Jesus responds to the faith of the person bringing the sick or possessed person to him. But then there are the times like this one where Jesus responds to the person’s sickness by forgiving their sin.
Suppose I went to the hospital and walking into a room told the person in the bed that I have come to forgive their sin so that they could be healed. How would that be received? I have to think that those whom Jesus responded to their plea for healing with the willingness to forgive their sins had a similar, pained response.
Here is a man that cannot walk. He is brought to Jesus lying on his mat, unable to come on his own. He is a paralytic. Jesus says to the man, be of good cheer, or be happy about this, I am going to forgive your sins. Had the man done something sinful to become crippled? What had he done? Apparently the man knew and Jesus knew. The Pharisees, as usual, were clueless and thought Jesus out of line. But Jesus and the crippled man both knew of the sin that led to his crippling.
Once the man’s sins were forgiven by the Son of God, Jesus then tells the man to rise up and walk, which he does. The man, now walking, has had two miracles, his sin and guilt that caused his crippling have been removed and he has been healed physically as well. Is this not what Jesus does for us? For when we are saved from our sin we are also saved in our bodies. Issues that plagued us physically are often laid aside and we live in peace spiritually and physically with the Lord our Savior. Many physical issues are sin-related. When the sin is removed, the issues begin to go away too. “What a mighty mighty Savior You are; You have washed away my sin and have cleansed my heart within; what a mighty mighty Savior, You are.”
Tonight is our regular Wednesday night programs. I trust you and your children will be able to attend. We have much happening each Wednesday with groups for kids, teens, men and women throughout the building. We pray, we sing, we play games, we learn and study the Word of God.
I am still rejoicing in our time on Sunday. What a great time of year it is when we can pause to remember our Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection all taking place to remove the sting of death and the pain of sin. I was able to review all of this yesterday at Sunrise to our “church service” there. It was like having another Resurrection Day service. I wish you all could have been there to enjoy it again with us.
Have a great day in the Lord,