I love this passage because it highlights the real center of Jesus’ purpose and mission. This action by Jesus illuminates his true identity (though many would still deny it). Yes, he can certainly heal the sick. But Jesus came to do much more. He came so that we might have forgiveness for our sins. He died so we could be right with a holy God. It is beautiful. I commend this passage to you today.

Matthew 9:1-8 (ESV)

9:1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 7 And he rose and went home. 8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

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