“And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” (Mark 2:5)
Today’s story is different from the preceding ones, since it is about a miracle that couldn’t be verified by witnesses. Jesus told a man that his sins were forgiven, but is there any proof that this really happened?
When a man born blind could suddenly see, this was undeniably a miracle. When 5,000 people were fed by Jesus, it was obvious He did something extraordinary. When Lazarus was raised from the dead after having been buried for four days, even Jesus’ enemies could not deny that fact. They complained, “Here is this man performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him” (John 11:47-48).
But when Jesus forgave someone’s sins, there was no visible proof that anything had happened at all. People questioned Jesus’ words. In response, He proved His power by also healing the man — which was clearly visible since this man was paralyzed but now “got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all”.
Jesus’ visible miracles show that He has supernatural power and that His words have a life changing impact. This gives His other promises credibility as well.
Do you believe that Jesus can forgive (your) sins?