Trick Question?

Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? Lk 5: 23. 

Jesus may have said this with a smile, for it is a trick question.  Neither are “easy to say.”  Both are beyond the reach of normal men. We cannot forgive sin; sin is always against God and, in this, the scribes and Pharisees are right: “Who but God alone can forgive sins?” Luke 5:21  Nor can we say to a paralytic, “Rise and walk.”  Such power of miracles is beyond man and again resides with God alone. Therefore, the allegation of the Pharisees is, in one sense, correct; Jesus, if He is not God, has blasphemed.  And this is the very point of Jesus’ question: Am I or am I not God?  Am I who I say I am?  Am I who I claim to be?

We need a logical conclusion…”But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” Lk 5: 24

And we get it, tied up with a bow and handed to us on a golden platter: “He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God.” Lk 5:25

Amen!  Alleluia!




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