And after getting into a boat he crossed the sea and came to his own town. 2And just then some people were carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” 3Then some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 6But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” —he then said to the paralytic—’stand up, take your bed and go to your home.” 7And he stood up and went to his home. 8When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings. (Matthew 9:1-8, NRSV)
Why did Jesus forgive the man’s sins?
No one asked Jesus to?
But that is what Jesus catches grief over. And because Jesus is questioned about forgiving sins, he heals the man allows him to get up and walk!
Which healing made a greater impact on the crowd? But which should have?
Are we waiting to see a big miracle before we believe Jesus has forgiven our sins?
Which is the greater healing for us, physical or spiritual?