“Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7)
God Can And Will
When Jesus returned to Capernaum a large crowd came to hear Him preach. A paralytic was brought to Jesus by four friends and because of the crowds had to be lifted down through the roof so Jesus could heal him. Seeing their faith the Lord told the man his sins were forgiven. The scribes could not believe their ears. How could this man make such a bold statement? As disciples of the Law they understood sins could not be forgiven but by the authority of God. Their charge would be shown to be true when Jesus healed the man. What they thought was correct because only God can forgive sins; what they failed to acknowledge was that God was before them.
Jesus forgave the sins of the man because He had the right and the love to do so. As Creator He made man in His image thereby establishing the power to remove the sins of the creation. Righteousness was according to the law of God which was the will of His Father and Jesus could show His authority by His power. No man could do that.
I am His creation. You are His creation. We have been made in the similitude of our Creator and He has told us He will forgive us of our sins. The paralysis we have is the burden of sin that will destroy us. Jesus came to the earth to say, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.’ The healing of the body only postponed the time of death. The forgiveness of sin reached into eternity with the opportunity to be healed of a far worse condition.
As this week begins to unfold and life takes on its busy pursuit of work, school, and plans of the day – remember that God will forgive! Remember today that God loves you to cleanse you of your sins. During this week focus on the blessing of God’s compassion for our frail character that He is willing to touch us with His love and say, ‘Your sins are forgiven.” He removes them as far as the east is from the west. Gone. That will help you live with the hope of His promises. Walk with the blessed assurance that I AM FORGIVEN. Thank God.
Where is the foolish person who would think it in his power to commit more than God could forgive? (Francis of Sales, 1567-1622, Consoling Thoughts of, ed. Huguet)