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
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
Who will love us enough to bring us to Jesus?