And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
In this story we see Jesus first forgive a paralytic man of his sins and then, after the religious people asked who He thought He was, He healed the man’s paralysis. Jesus asked the question “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’?” This is an interesting question: which is easier? I think they are equally difficult.
Why did Jesus do things this way? Jesus was making an important point: Just as through the sin of Adam, death entered the world, when Jesus broke the power of sin He also broke death, which was empowered by sin. Sickness is a manifestation of death; we could call sickness ‘slow death’.
Are you sick? Remember that through Jesus the power of sin is broken in your life; death and it’s servant sickness have no legal right to be in your body. The Bible tells us that by the stripes of Jesus we were healed (1 Peter 2:24). Your healing was purchased over two thousand years ago – claim it now, tell the sickness to leave your body in Jesus’ name!