“But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”--He said to the paralytic--“I say to you, rise, and take up your stretcher and go home.” Luke 5:24 NASB
This story always gives me a little thrill.
Why? you ask.
Because Jesus goes out of His way to link healing and forgiveness of sins.
But He is not the first, and certainly not the only one to do so.
(A Psalm of David.)
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities;
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit;
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Psalm 103:1-5 NASB
Or how about this:
Surely our sicknesses he hath borne,
And our pains--he hath carried them,
And we--we have esteemed him plagued,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
And he is pierced for our transgressions,
Bruised for our iniquities,
The chastisement of our peace is on him,
And by his bruise there is healing to us.
Isaiah 53:4-5 YLT
Or what about these red letters:
And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.” Luke 7:22 NASB
Please indulge me and read this one last one:
And Jesus was going about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the reign, and healing every disease, and every malady among the people, and his fame went forth to all Syria, and they brought to him all having ailments, pressed with manifold sicknesses and pains, and demoniacs, and lunatics, and paralytics, and he healed them. Matthew 4:23-24
It is time for us to link them back together. We need to go, and as we go:
…preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons; freely you received, freely give. Matthew 10:7-8
Thanks for coming by today