Which Is Easier

I’m doing something a little #different today. Usually I bring you an audio message from Brother Tommy. Today the #Lord wanted me to share what He gave me from Luke 5:17-26.

Luke 5:17-26
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

When you read this passage, how do you answer Christ’s question? Which is easier to say your sins are forgiven you or rise and walk? Well much like his audience of teachers and Pharisees for a long time I would have answered that the unseen was easier. I can tell you your sins are forgiven very easily but to heal you, I would need physical proof. But Jesus knew that the physical was temporary and simple, but that to forgive this man’s sins He would have to sacrifice His own life. God cares about our physical well being but He cares much more about our eternal outcome. One of the most frequently asked questions is why do we have to suffer? If God took care of our every setback on Earth before we even asked, would we even see our need to trust Him? Would a child grow and mature if constantly sheltered and protected? Would we need a Savior if we led a charmed life?

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