Date: July 9, 2014 8:24 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Forgive Sin or Heal Body
Forgive Sin or Heal Body
"When Jesus saw their faith, he said, Friend, your sins are forgiven. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Luke 5:20-21
Scripture Focus: Luke 5:17-26
Paralysis shows itself in a variety of ways. Physically, it can stop us from moving our bodies. Spiritually, it is the result of being trapped in the grip of sin.
Of the two, physical health is often our consuming priority. After all, it's been said, "If you have your health, you have everything."
However, God's primary concern is not the healing of our bodies, but the healing of our spirits. His priority is our freedom from sin, not our freedom from discomfort. Despite his physical state, the paralyzed man's greater need was to be restored to God. That's why Jesus first said to him, "Your sins are forgiven."
Still, healing of the spirit is usually not visible. Since those at the scene could not see the forgiveness, they might claim it did not occur. So Jesus healed the man's body. To prove He was God's Son, He healed the paralytic spiritually and physically.
Was it easier for the Savior to forgive the man's sin, or for the Creator to heal his broken body? Only God can do both...and He did!
Insight: Do You Have The Assurance That Your Sins Are Forgiven? Come To Christ For The Most Important Healing You Will Ever Receive
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