Jesus Has Complete Authority
Read: MATTHEW 9:1-8
“And just then some people were carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven’” (v. 2).
Everyone could see the problem. The man was a paralytic, and his condition determined his status, his options, his lifestyle. Jesus was gaining a reputation as a healer. It only made sense that the man’s friends would bring him to Jesus. The obvious problem required a miraculous solution.
Jesus appreciated their faith. But he surprised everyone by exposing a different condition first: he healed the man from his soul condition. He announced that his sins were forgiven! What deep spiritual problem was Jesus aware of? What secret psychological sufferings also paralyzed this man? Jesus exercised his full authority to bring full healing in body, soul, and spirit. He revealed a deeper understanding of the full spectrum of God’s reign. What secret suffering may Jesus be offering to heal for you?
Dear Jesus, give me the confidence to trust you with my own healing: both the conditions I am aware of and the secrets that lie within me. I desire to be made whole. AMEN.