WHO HE SAYS HE IS
Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?
Regular people did not have the authority to forgive sins. People could make amends for a specific wrong committed against another person, but only God was able to able to forgive all wrongdoings. By declaring the man's sins to be forgiven, Jesus was blatantly saying to the Jews, I am God.
Had Jesus been a regular man, the Jewish leaders would have had every right to be horrified by His claim.
Which is easier to say to this paralyzed man, Your sins are forgiven, or to say Get up, take your mat and walk. The answer, of course, is the former.
Yet to the amazement of the crowd, when Jesus told the paralyzed man to walk, He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.
Threatened by His many followers, Jewish authorities had Him arrested on charges of blasphemy, which led to is crucifixion.
Though His miracles, healings and teachings give evidence that Jesus was God made flesh, it was God raising him from the dead that gives irrefutable proof that Jesus is exactly who He says He is.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the proofs in Scripture that You are who You say You are. How reassuring it is to know that anything ou say is true and will absolutely come to pass. Amen
Thank you Spark Friends for coming to my Bible Verse blog and posting your comments. Sending God's richest blessings to you and your families so God will comfort you in your good times and in times of trouble. May He wrap His comforting arms around you and be with you and lead you down the straight paths along the way to eternity where you will be with Him forever. Remember, God will never leave you nor forsake you and hold your hand along the way. God Bless you. Amen