And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. Luke 5:18-20
Here we see Jesus preaching at a house, however so many people came to hear and see Jesus, that there was standing room only. A group of men brought a disabled men to see Jesus to be healed, however they couldn’t even get through the front door because of the crowd. So they decided to drop the man through the straw roof of the building , to the feet of Christ
Now an amazing event happens here, not only does Jesus instantly heal the disabled man, but Jesus makes the statement “Your sins are forgiven” what? As you can imagine, when the religious leaders heard this, they were angry, who can forgive sin but God alone? This is exactly what Jesus is revealing here, he is God in the flesh, he is more than just a prophet
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? Luke 5:21-23
The religious leaders accused Jesus of blasphemy, who does this man think he is? Only God can forgive sin, so what is Jesus saying here? Jesus answered them and said “What is easier to forgive sin or heal someone”? See Jesus can do both, forgive and heal, why? Because He is the Son of God, the Great I AM, God in the flesh
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day. Luke 5:24-26
Notice Jesus references himself as the Son of Man, the fulfillment of Daniel 7, Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. And Jesus revealed he has all power and authority in Heaven and on Earth to heal and forgive sin, eternal life is only possible through Christ alone
The question is “How are you going to respond to this news today?” Are you going to rejoice and receive Christ like many in the crowd? Or is your heart hardened like the religious leaders and perish in your sins? Jesus is willing and able to save you, get off your mat in walk Amen!