The Authority of Jesus
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
I’m often curious about why Jesus did what He did in the order that He did it! When you are reading Scripture, ask yourself questions. Do you remember the account of Jesus healing the man born lame?
Jesus said, “which is easier to say, ‘your sins are forgiven or take up your bed and walk?’” He was in the midst of suspicious religious leaders who were questioning who He was and what authority He possessed.
Think about Jesus’ response. It is easier to say ‘your sins are forgiven’ than to say ‘take up your bed and walk.’ If you say the latter, something miraculous has to happen. If you say the former, nothing outwardly changes.
So, it is easier to say ‘your sins are forgiven.’ But in this context, Jesus was drawing attention to who He was, the Son of God, with God’s authority. His response was beyond brilliant.
To demonstrate He had the authority to forgive sins, He performed a miracle and healed the man who immediately got up and walked. If He had simply healed the man and then said, ‘I forgive your sins,’ the focus would have ended on the miracle and His authority as God’s Son would have been lost. Jesus made who He was as God’s Son central, rather than the miracle He performed.