Forgiven and set free!


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!


  1. “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?” It makes me think what it took for Jesus to be able to forgive sins, my sins? The cross, the torment of being alone without the Father – the rejection – healing the disabled man was easy – that is for Jesus. I know I can’t but I know Jesus can. There are too many people healthy and well off that haven’t got a clue that they need to be forgiven – that they need Jesus to save them. That healing is more important – and it is why Jesus forgave first – because Jesus knew how rejected this man was – even from going to the temple or the synagogue to be with his people. I am now called a child of God because I have been healed of sin – but it cost Jesus the excruciating cross and death. Thank you Jesus for healing me! I can now walk in his way!

  2. What cripples a man? It is not only the physical but also the emotional and spiritual – the mind and the heart that stops our hands, our walk with God. Only Jesus can give the healing power through the forgiveness of sins. Only He can heal body, mind and soul. Only Jesus can make us free. Lead and guide me daily Lord that I walk in Your SonShine.

    When we walk with the lord
    In the light of his word
    What a glory he sheds on our way
    While we do his good will
    He abides wih us still
    And with all who will trust and obey

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