READ : Mark 2:1-12
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (v. 5)
When Jesus returned to Capernaum, many came to him with the hopes of healing and forgiveness. Among them was a paralyzed man who had been brought by his friends. The Synagogue leaders were offended by Jesus’ claim to forgive the man’s sins, and they doubted Jesus’ ability to heal him. Jesus said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier to say to the paralytic: ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘stand and take your mat and walk’?”
One of Jesus’ intentions in this encounter was to reveal his divinity. Jesus wanted to show them that the forgiveness of sins and the healing of a paralytic are equally impossible to humans, but not to him, the Son of God.
Jesus continues showing us his miracles every day, although often we do not give him the credit for them. He is waiting for you to come near to him, as so many did when he was on earth. He is waiting to forgive you—and to tell you to stand up and walk.
Lord Jesus, heal this sick world and let us walk toward your light. Let us be more like you. Amen.