PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 5:21-26
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?” (Luke 5:23)
My response to this question is that both are hard – actually impossible for us.
No human has the right to forgive sins before God, nor the power to miraculously heal.
The religious leaders are right, only God can forgive sins, and only God can heal like this.
Nothing is impossible for God, and apart from God we can do nothing.
But this is the whole point, and the point that Jesus is making.
He is the promised son of Adam (Genesis 3:15) who will defeat the serpent.
He is the promised son of Adam (Daniel 7:13-14) who is given authority on earth.
We recall that Adam and Eve were created with God’s authority on earth (Genesis 1:26-28).
Their rebellion with the serpent separated them from God, and from God’s support.
Without God we still have authority, but we no longer use it for good but for evil.
Jesus comes to release us from the guilt and grip of sin and to restore us as God’s children.
Jesus says to you and me, “your sins are forgiven” AND “get up and walk”.
He is restoring us to walk and work with him, and to extend his curse-breaking mission.
Nothing is impossible for God, and with God we can do “remarkable things today” (Luke 5:26).
Lord, you still have authority to forgive sins and release captives. Break the chains that paralyze me, so that I will get up and walk and work with you!