Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, `Rise, take up your pallet and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”Mark 2:9-10
In today’s gospel reading we reflect on Jesus’ power as God Who both forgives our sins and heals our infirmities.
Christ’s statement when he asks the question which is easier, “to forgive sins or to heal” is starking.
Many of us would have thought healing is the harder part, but Jesus’ question implies that forgiving sins is the harder part.
Why is this?
The answer can be seen on the cross.
For every act of forgiveness of sin, Jesus paid the price.
In other words to forgive the sin of the paralytic, Jesus took on the weight and consequences of the sins of the paralytic upon Himself.
He offered to pay the price, which meant dying in the paralytic’s place in order that the paralytic may receive the life of God.
This is incredible!
So the healing we receive is as a result of Christ carrying the burdens of our afflictions and paying the price of death for our sins.
Now I understand why Isaiah prophesied, “by His wounds we are healed”.
Isaiah 53:5. “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
O thank You God for opening my eyes anew to the truth of Your Word, which for long has escaped my mind!
Holy Father, o how I bless You Father LORD God of Heaven and earth. Thank You o Father for Your mercies.
Thank You Jesus for taking up my sins upon You and offering Your life for me.
Thank You God that once and for all, You Lord Jesus with Whom time is eternal and ever present, died on the cross of Calvary to set me free. Not just me alone o Lord, but the whole world.
You redeemed us by Your suffering and death and glorious resurrection.
O Jesus we praise Your Holy Name!!!
We exalt You, we bless You, we magnify You, we adore You, we extol You!
Thank You for forgiving my sins and healing me.
May I forever follow and serve You all my days as my Redeemer King Who served me first.
Always & Forever,
To The Lamb,
With all my ❤
17 Jan 2020