Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 25, 2018

“so that you may know that the Son of Man (Jesus) has authority on earth to forgive sins”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 5:17-26.

“One day He was teaching;  and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem;  and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing.  And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed;  and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him.  But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.  Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”  The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies?  Who can forgive sins, but God alone?”  But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts?  Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?  But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.”  Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God.  They were all struck with astonishment and began glorifying God;  and they were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today.”  Luke 5:17-26.

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What a presentation by God of Jesus’ authority to forgive sins!  First, “there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem”.  Second, the paralyzed man came from above, through the roof, right in front of everyone.  Third, Jesus did not heal him first, but rather forgave him first, to emphasize the focal point of this presentation so they would best consider the authority of Jesus to forgive sins.

We need healing of our diseases and afflictions.  But, above all, what we need the most is the forgiveness of our sins.

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  Colossians 1:13-14.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  …”  Ephesians 1:1-8.


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