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When Jesus saw the man’s pleading eyes, He knew what he wanted.  In fact, Jesus already knew about this man.  He had seen the man’s desire for forgiveness while he was still at his home, and had blessed him there.  As the man planned and worked with his friends to find Jesus, the Savior had seen his faith grow.  Now Jesus knew exactly what to say.  

“Son,” He said, “your sins are forgiven.”  

These words were music to the paralyzed man’s ears.  His depression and despair evaporated and peace filled his heart.  His pain was gone.  More than just healed, he was forgiven!  His faith was rewarded and he lay there in joyful silence while the people looked on in amazement.  

The rabbis who were there remembered this man and how they had given him no hope or sympathy.  In an instant they thought about reminding the people that no one could forgive sins but God.  

Jesus reading their faces and hearts asked, “Why are you thinking like that among yourselves?”  He asked, “Which is easier, to say to this paralyzed man “Your are forgiven,’ or to say ‘Stand, pick up your stretcher and walk?’ But so you will know that I have the authority to forgive sins, I will tell you,” He said to the paralyzed man, “Stand, pick up your stretcher and go home.”  

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