PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 9:1-8
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” (Matthew 9:2)
Is Jesus doing the forgiving, or is he announcing God’s forgiveness?
I believe that Jesus is acting as God’s representative.
As the Son of Man (Adam), he has been entrusted with God’s authority.
But remember, we were also entrusted with this authority.
We were made to represent God on earth (Genesis 1:26-28), to lead on his behalf.
According to John 20:22-23, we have the Spirit of Jesus to forgive sins.
As God’s children restored through Jesus, we also have his authority entrusted to us.
The fact is, God has forgiven the sins of the world, through Jesus’ sacrifice.
Our task is to announce this, to let people know the good news, to spread the word.
The healing of this man is a lesser work, a sign to support the main task.
God may or may not perform a sign through us, but he always forgives through us.
If only we would realize who Jesus is, and who he restores us to be.
Like Jesus, we do not forgive by ourselves, but as sons and daughters ‘of man’.
God is not against people, he is for them and wants to help; we need to let them know!
Lord, I praise you that you have shared this authority with me. Help me to feel the weight and wonder of this responsibility, and use it for your glory!