“Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven.” – Matthew 9: 2
Jesus’ heart was revealed when he walked the earth 2,000 years ago. On one occasion, people brought a paralyzed man to him. Jesus astonished the crowd by unexpectedly declaring, “Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven.”
The Pharisees objected to his words, claiming Jesus blasphemed God. Jesus proved that he could forgive sins by healing the man, who obeyed his instructions: “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
The paralytic was transformed from being completely hopeless to facing unlimited possibilities. That’s what Jesus does.
Jesus healed the man from all that had held him down, freed him from a body and a life that did not work. Jesus offers to do the same for us. Jesus desires to give us freedom from death, from brokenness, and from the hell that lives within us.
The great miracle was not the outward physical healing of the paralytic man but, rather, his inward spiritual healing, which will last forever.
Jesus came to bring eternal forgiveness and to heal us from whatever paralyzes us, from the darkness that pulls us down.
Jesus also tells us to “take heart,” meaning, to have boldness and courage. We can boldly turn to the only One who can save us.
We all have a choice. We can choose to remain paralyzed by all that is wrong in our hearts, our lives, and the world. Or we can choose freedom in Christ.
In a nutshell, we can choose either sin or forgiveness.
Will you celebrate God’s forgiveness and joyfully live a life with God on your journey to heaven, or will you remain hopelessly paralyzed, stuck where you are?
Jesus beckons you, “Come to Me!” (Mt. 11:28)