Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

Luke 5:17-26

17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Commentary: God offers the same forgiveness given to the paralytic to all who believe, Forgiveness means that a relationship has been renewed despite a wrong that has been done. But the act cannot be erased or changed.  Thus Jesus paid the penalty that sin deserved- believing in Jesus means that sins can not longer be held against the believer. Guilt caused by sin is removed and replaced with Christ’s righteousness. Believers are so forgiven that in God’s eyes it is as if they never sinned.

Do you carry a heavy burden for sins you have committed? Confess all to Christ and receive ultimate forgiveness.

Questions:

How has this passage changed the way you view your current circumstances?

How have you trusted Jesus in the most difficult decisions?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV

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