Jesus said, “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . . ” Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”
I Don’t Know the Answer
I still don’t know the answer to Jesus’ question. I’ve thought about it for a long time but it still stumps me. “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’”?
The reason I don’t know the answer is that I can’t do either of them.
I do not have the ability to heal someone’s paralysis. Doctors can do some amazing and wonderful things but medicine can never give me the ability to heal in the way that Jesus heals.
I do not have the ability to pay for anyone’s sins. There is no sacrifice that I could ever make that would even pay for one of my sins, let alone all the sins of another person.
While I don’t know the answer to Jesus’ question, Jesus not only knows the answer, he can do them both.
Jesus spent much of his ministry healing so that the blind received sight and the lame walked. He cured those with leprosy, made the deaf to hear, and did many, many other miracles of healing.
Jesus also spent much of his ministry telling people those most important words, “Your sins are forgiven.” He gave his life as a payment for our sins so that those words would have real meaning and authority.
Jesus is still doing both these things today. He is now in heaven but he continues to rule all things on this earth as the King of kings. He still provides healing and makes all things happen for the good of his people. He is also still forgiving our sins daily. He is near his Heavenly Father reminding him that he has paid for all our sins by his suffering and death for us.
Which is easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven” or “get up and walk”? I don’t know but I am certain Jesus can do both.
Father, we thank you that you sent Jesus. Help us always to trust that each day he gives us the forgiveness we need and rules all things for our good. Amen.
The Thursday and Friday devotions for the month of July focus on the Miracles of Jesus. For previous devotions in this series go here.