Your Sins Are Forgiven
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralysed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,7 ‘Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’
8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, ‘Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralysed man, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up, take your mat and walk”? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.’ So he said to the man, 11 ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’
If you ever watched in infomercial, it is very convincing about the claims of what the product can do for you. The producers know how to tug on our emotional strings and get us to open up our wallet to buy the next gadget or gizmo that will improve our life or help us look better.
Jesus said something that the teachers of the law objected to. They know that only God can forgive sins. They probably also encountered many false prophets before Jesus who can make claims without proof. There could be false teachers telling people that their sins are forgiven, but it’s all just lip-service. Jesus knew that that teachers of the law was trying to trap him. So he did the unthinkable. He asked them which is easier, to say your sins are forgiven or to tell the person to get up and walk. Jesus was making the point that he does have authority on earth to forgive sins and did the hard part; he told the paralytic man to get up and walk. This is further proof to build up my faith that sins can be forgiven.