Is It Easier?

Is It Easier?

22 April 2009

Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up and walk’? (Matthew 9:5 NLT)

Jesus arrived back in Capernaum and began teaching the crowds and healing the sick among them. Some caring friends brought a paralyzed, crippled man to him, hoping for healing. Mark (Mark 2:1-12) and Luke (Luke 5:17-26) both add that Jesus was teaching in the house where he and his disciples were staying and that these friends carried the man up the stairs on the outside of the house. They dug through the clay roof so they could lower their crippled friend on his mat right in front of Jesus.

When Jesus saw their faith and their friend’s need, he said to the man, “Take heart, your sins are forgiven!”

Well, when Jesus spoke forgiveness of sins to this paralyzed man, the religious people just freaked out! They started whispering among themselves, “Who does Jesus think he is, the Son of God?!”

Jesus knew their thoughts and asked them a question, “Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up and walk’? Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!”

There’s a lot going on in this story, but I just can’t get away from the question Jesus asked the religious people, “Is it easier to say, ‘You are forgiven’ or ‘You are healed?’”

It takes the miracle power of God and his Amazing Grace to truly forgive from the heart, just as it does to heal. For some who have been deeply wounded by others – by life – it takes just as much grace and faith for them to look at those who have hurt them and say from the heart, “I forgive you” as it takes God’s miracle power to heal a paralyzed man.

Is it easier to say “I forgive” or to say “You are healed?” Both are pretty much impossible without the grace and power of God. Both are possible if we have faith in his power and love and if we are willing to take the step of faith.


Lord, help us to more and more take the radical steps of faith to say to people that have hurt us, “Your sins (against me) are forgiven.” And help us to look at people who are paralyzed by sin, by fear, by discouragement, by their inability to acknowledge their need, and say, “Be healed in Jesus’ Name!” Amen.

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