The Authority to Forgive

Jesus crossed over the Sea of Galilee and came to His own city of Capernaum. Some people brought to Him a paralyzed man lying on a bed (Mat 9:1-8). Jesus’ fame had spread throughout the region and it is almost certain they had heard the news of this miracle worker from Nazareth (4:23-25). Instead of immediately healing him of paralysis, Jesus forgave him of his sins. His opponents branded Him a blasphemer because only God can forgive sins. So, in order to demonstrate that He had the authority to forgive sins, Jesus healed the man of his paralysis. The former paralytic arose, took up his bed and walked home! The multitudes who saw the miraculous healing marveled and glorified God.