Rejoice, Your Sins are Forgiven Part I
Key Verse: Luke 5:20
Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man your sins are forgiven.”
Additional Reading: Luke 5:17-26
This passage of scripture has always been an interesting to me.
Luke records that “some” men were carrying a paralyzed man to Jesus, that he might be healed. As you remember, the crowds were so large around the house that Jesus was teaching in that these men knew they couldn’t get this man to Jesus in the door. So, they found a way to bring him up on the roof, open the patched roof, and lower this man down to Jesus. That huge crowed watched all this happening, no doubt.
Everyone was amazed at these men and their determination to get this man to Jesus for healing. Had there been a TV reporter in the crowd, don’t you imagine that reporter would be asking the crowd what they thought about this unusual act? Don’t you imagine that they all thought that there was no way Jesus could not ignore this man? Don’t you imagine that they all were so excited to hear what Jesus was about to say to these men? Finally, don’t you imagine that they all were pushing in closer to watch the miracle that they believed might happen?
However, as we read in our “Additional Reading”, Jesus leaned down and said, “Young man your sins are forgiven”. It doesn’t take much imagination to hear the “air” go out of the crowd, in total disappointment. They didn’t want a man’s sins to be forgiven… not foremost! They wanted to see a miracle of healing! Even more dramatic was the reaction of the Jewish religious leaders that heard what Jesus said. They were angry at the blasphemy they heard. How dare Jesus act like He could forgive sins!
Human nature hasn’t changed much in all the years that has passed between then and now. Let’s admit that had we been in that crowd, we would have been disappointed as well. We still like to be entertained with big demonstrations of the unexplainable. Churches today wouldn’t be packed if word got out in the community that a person had his sins forgiven. But if a person were dramatically healed, and he was a well-known person in the community, don’t you think that the next Sunday that church’s crowd would increase a lot?
As the story unfolds, Jesus did heal this young man and he got up and walked out of there in face of total amazement of those present. Jesus told them he did the healing to convince them that He had the authority on earth to forgive people’s sins. Those that heard this didn’t recognize it as the big news of the day! However, I hope you can grasp that, indeed, it was the news that should have then and now excite everyone!
Jesus forgives sins! All those who believe in Him and repent of their sins, can live forever with Him.
A physical healing is so very temporary in relation to eternity. Every person who was healed by Jesus in the stories we read in the New Testament have something in common: they all died the “first” death. The first death, is the physical body given way to death, as the Bible says: “Just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgement” (Hebrews 9:27). Yes, you and I must face this death, but we need not face the “second” death… the eternal death of our souls. Jesus’s forgiveness prevents that from those who have been forgiven!
Father, I believe in Jesus. Please forgive me of my sins, in Jesus’s Name, amen.