Who Can Forgive Sin?

Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” Luke 5:20

People who deny the deity of Christ, would say he never said he was God. However what did Jesus do and say here? Jesus saw the faith of this man and forgave him of his sins, who has the authority to do this? Could Moses ever forgive your sin? Could Abraham ever forgive your sin? Could Paul ever forgive your sin? No of course not, these are just mortal men, Jesus is more than a prophet or a great teacher, he is God in the Flesh (John 1:14)

The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” Luke 5:21

The Religious leaders understood this, they knew only God alone can forgive our sin. This is why they wanted to charge Jesus with blasphemy, this is why they wanted to crucify him. Because Jesus is demonstrating and declaring he is God in the flesh!

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 ‘? Luke 5:22-23

Jesus could also read the hearts and minds of these religious leaders and knew exactly what they were thinking. Instead of them listening to the Holy Spirit about who Jesus is, they listened to their own human intellect which is limited and blinded by human pride

“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.” Luke 5:24

The Son of Man (Messiah) which was prophesied by Daniel is Jesus who all power and authority has been given to him in Heaven and on Earth (Matthew 28:18) Jesus has declared and demonstrated that He is the Living God in the Flesh!

“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins. Isaiah 43:25

The Prophet Isaiah made it clear by the Holy Spirit, that God alone forgives Sin, nobody else! The fact that Jesus can forgive Sin makes it very clear he is God in the Flesh!

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