Vs. 6, “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, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” As Jesus continues his ministry, we see the power that he has over this dark world of sin and Satan. The paralyed man in Matthew is the same one that was lowered from the roof from Mark’s account. Matthew goes on to talk about his own first interaction with Jesus. Remember that tax collector’s were despised because often they were corrupt and collected more than they needed. It’s interesting to note that Jesus came to where the sinner’s were, not the sinner’s to the temple. When Jesus was challenged on the topic of fasting, Jesus explain that a new time is coming that is entirely different than the old…of course, there is still importance in fasting (vs. 15). We then read on about more miracles Jesus would perform. Raising the twelve year old girl, healing the woman who suffered for twelve years and healing the blind and mute. While all these miracles are wonderful, Jesus would remind us of an even more important task: To go out into the harvest field. Question: Why? To seek and save the lost. We may not have physical miraculous healing gifts, but we have a spiritual ability to heal through the Gospel! There is always work to be done and we have the priviledge of being a part of that! Jesus doesn’t need you, but he sure would love to have you be a part of this!
Regarding application…You Are Forgiven. Vs. 2, “…Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” When this paralyzed man came to Jesus, I don’t think anyone expected to hear that Jesus would say, “You’re sins are forgiven”. They hoped that he would be healed, but forgiveness is reserved for God. Question: Who does this Jesus think he is? The Phariesee’s would accuse Jesus of blaspheming. But Jesus was no ordinary man, He was the God-man! Because of this type of example, the Pharisee’s would find a way to ensure they would exact revenge on such a person claiming that He was God. Question: How does this apply for us? In all of our lives…we walk with wounds and scars that need healing. A broken relationship, addiction, low self-esteem, etc. But Jesus has come to tell us that He has the power to forgive us and make us healed. There is power in forgiveness because Jesus takes all that heavy sin and bears it on the cross for us. Put a smile on your face because, YOU are forgiven today! PTL! Turn to Jesus and pour out your heart to the Lord!