"'But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...' Then he said to the paralytic, 'Get up, take your mat and go home.'"
This angered some of the teachers of the law. They thought Jesus was guilty of blasphemy, knowing only God can forgive sins. But Jesus asked them why they were thinking evil in their hearts. He had the authority to forgive sins, and He was going to prove it.
I love the part in this passage where Jesus stops in mid-sentence. It’s as if He said to Himself, “Why talk anymore? I’ll just show them.” And He gave them proof positive of His authority to heal bodies and forgive sins.
We too, have proof positive of who Jesus really is. We have the empty tomb! Jesus truly is God, the conqueror of death. The teachers of the law in His day were more close to the truth than they realized. Once paralyzed in our deep sin and despair, we now stand on that truth, our sins completely washed away. Praise God!
JESUS SPOKE APPROPRIATE WORDS AND SHOWED THEIR VALUE WITH HIS ACTIONS. THAT IS THE PATTERN WE SHOULD FOLLOW AS WE WORK FOR HIM.
Bible In A Year
- Judges 5-6
- Psalm 111
- Romans 15-16