Power to Forgive Us

Power to Forgive Us


Jesus said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”   Luke 5:20-21




It must be delivered by the one


who has been offended or treated dishonorably.


We see that the religious people


listening in on Jesus’ conversation


with the paralyzed man


were rightly offended for as far as they knew


Jesus had no authority


to forgive




We see a paralyzed man loved by four friends,


lowered through a roof,


meeting Jesus and he’s forgiven, set free, and healed.


We see our deathly independent condition rendering us incapable


of merit, of sacrifices, or of goodness


sufficient to satisfy the heights God’s holiness.


But we see Jesus


who has authority to forgive;


It’s because of who He is.


He came down from the Father, and


suffered the humility of the Cross,


to forgive us


of sin.


Who will love us enough to bring us to Jesus?


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