Jesus heals a paralyzed man in front of Pharisees to show His authority to forgive sins. (Luke 5)

As Memorial Weekend approaches and we remember those who have given their lives, we’ve arrived at Luke 5 in our study of the skeptical doctor turned believer – where we are taken into the journey of another who sacrificed His life for the sake of defending that which and who he loved…

“One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and Teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right before Jesus.

When Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

The Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law began thinking to themselves: Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?

Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked: Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’, or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?

But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”

So He said to the paralyzed man, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’

Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 

Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, ‘We have seen remarkable things today.’” (Luke 5:17-26)

When Jesus told the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven,” the Jewish leaders accused Jesus of blasphemy – claiming to be God or to do what only God can do. A crime punishable by death. In labeling Jesus’ claim to forgive sins as blasphemous, the religious leaders obviously showed they did not understand that Jesus was God – that He possessed God’s power to heal both the body and the soul. Forgiveness of sins was a sign that He was the Messiah. And that His time to reveal that He was the Messiah had come. But they could not see that. They could not believe.

But God offers the same forgiveness given to the paralytic to all who do believe. The law and justice are satisfied because Jesus paid the penalty that sin deserved, thus, sin can no longer be held against a believer. That is how it was then. It is how it is now. Here is the “Good News”: our sin is removed and replaced with Christ’s righteousness. Believers are so completely forgiven that, in God’s eyes, it is as if they had never sinned. Let us rejoice in that INCREDIBLE truth!

The wars in Ukraine and Israel continue so let us also continue to pray.🙏

❤️ As Memorial Day comes, remember to honor all those who gave their lives that we might live in the amazing ways that we can. Make the most of the opportunity they have so spectacularly given us.❤️

Love and faith in our Lord Jesus to each of you.🙏

Poppa B.