Monday, December 10, Second Week in Advent
You know the rest of the story. The scribes and Pharisees think that, when Jesus says your sins are forgiven, he is committing blasphemy. After all, only God can forgive sins.
Jesus asks them, Which is easier to say, Your sins are forgiven or to say, Rise and walk?
Think about it. Which is easier? Dont answer too quickly.
Its easier to say, your sins are forgiven, because no one can tell if they are forgiven. The harder thing to say is, rise and walk, because the result (or lack of result) is easily seen.
So, as a sign that he has power on earth to forgive sins, Jesus says to the paralytic: Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.
Which is exactly what the paralytic does.
Jesus can forgive sins. Case closed.
But will he forgive my sins?
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