“With Jesus, Healing, and Forgiveness Goes Hand in Hand”
I invite you to read the following verses
1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.
2 So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.
4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “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 the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?
10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic,
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!”
In this Biblical account, we see the truth of this thought for today.
Jesus asks which is easier to do; healing or forgiving sins.
The religious leaders answer this question truthfully, saying only the Lord God can forgive sins.
What they fail to realize is that Jesus is the Lord God.
The miracle Jesus adds, healing the paralyzed man, is icing on the cake.
As believers, when we pray that our illness or whatever we have is healed, never forget; greater healing has already taken place.
The forgiveness of our sins and that the Lord God will not count our sins against us after we are saves.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.