Jesus Has Authority to Forgive Sins
Jesus Has Authority to Forgive Sins . . .
. . . Mark 2:1-12
"When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven you.'" Mark 2:5 (NKJV)
One of my favorite history professors had conducted extensive research on Henry Clay. Among the many gems he shared about Clay was that he served his country faithfully in many high political positions. He was the seventh of nine children of a Baptist minister.
Alas, the Great Compromiser had a weakness. Clay loved to gamble on the horses. He went to the bank to discuss a debt which bothered him considerably. He offered to sell his possessions to rid himself of this crippling monster. To his surprise, he learned that a friend had already paid his debt for him. The Great Compromiser wept.
Even so, Jesus paid it all . . . canceling our sin debt.
Jesus was probably staying at Peter's house in Capernaum. Four men, carrying their paralytic friend, could not gain entrance because the house and courtyard were full of folks. So they went to the roof, removed mud, thatch, and tiles to lower the man into Jesus' presence. Can you imagine the horror on Peter's face as pieces of his roof fell at his feet? Jesus was impressed with the faith expressed by both the sick man and his friends (See Mark 2:1-5).
[Note: Let's read Mark 2:6-12.] Jesus felt that spiritual healing should precede physical healing. He said to the man, ". . . your sins are forgiven you." Mark 2:5b (NKJV)
Not all sickness is caused by sin; however, in this case . . . a connection existed. Jesus perceived what His critics were thinking . . . so He asked them a question. "Which is easier, he asked, to forgive sins or heal bodies?" So he told the man to . . . "Get up, take your mat, and go home." Mark 2:9-11 (NKJV) Everyone present was astonished. They glorified God and said they had never seen anything like this before.
Jesus continues to offer forgiveness to all of us who repent.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Education (Ret.)--Louisiana Tech University -- Ruston, Louisiana
Supply Minister for Concord/Union Baptist Association -- Ruston, Louisiana
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