21
Feb
14

Who Can Forgive Sins?

Have you ever wondered about the true identity of Jesus?  Look at this story from Luke 5:

Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

​ – Luke 5:18-19 (NIV)​ 
That is amazing faith and determination!  They knew that their friend needed healing and that Jesus could do it.  They believed that Jesus could heal their friend.  They knew that He was the only one who could do such a thing.  They had heard about Jesus and His ability to heal.  What is amazing about this story is that Jesus doesn’t heal the man at first, but instead forgives the man’s sins.  The Pharisees and teachers of the law were outraged!  They thought to themselves that only God could forgive sins and now this man was claiming to do such a thing?!?  Jesus knew what was in their hearts and what was going on in their minds and addressed their doubts.
One cannot see forgiveness from God.  One can only trust and believe that God’s Word is true.  When Jesus says, “You’re forgiven,” He means it.  We take it on faith that our sins are forgiven by God’s grace through faith in His Son.  Anyone can say that your sins are forgiven.  It is another thing to know and believe that it is true.  It might be true.  It might not be true.  So Jesus gives the Pharisees and teachers of the law a demonstration of his power.  Who could heal a paralyzed man?  Who could give his lame legs the strength and power to walk?  Only God could, right?  So Jesus tells the man to rise and walk and he walks out of the house.  Again, forgiveness is unseen.  Only God can do it and we have to take it on faith.  But watching a paralyzed man walk out of a house under his own power is a miracle only God could perform.  Seeing is believing.
If Jesus has the power to make the paralyzed walk, of course He has the power to forgive sins.  Why?  Because Jesus is God.  He’s more than a prophet.  He’s more than a good teacher.  He’s more than a moral guru.  He is God!
 

Luke 5:17-26 (NIV)

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Advertisements

0 Responses to “Who Can Forgive Sins?”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: