Is Salvation Easier For God Than Healing?
Matthew 9:2-8 (ESV)
“Some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.’ And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, ‘This man is blaspheming.’ But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Rise and walk”? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ — he then said to the paralytic — ‘Rise, pick up your bed and go home.’ And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.”
Is forgiveness of sins easier for God to do than a miracle of healing in our body? In our human reasoning, I am sure we would say yes, it is harder to get God to heal our body than to forgive our sins.
Jesus asks this question to the people of his day and time: “23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’?” Jesus knew they would have to answer that question with forgiveness of sins is easier to say, because if He says rise and walk, and the healing didn’t happen, He would look very foolish. To prove to these people that He had the authority to forgive sins, he healed the paralytic.
How Amazing Is God’s Forgiveness & Healing?
When we have suffered wrong from someone and need emotional healing, sometimes it is hard to forgive. Whether you are asking for forgiveness or offering forgiveness, we know both are quite a challenge. But for God, forgiving sins was a difficult task for Him to undertake. It was not done the same way we extend forgiveness and maybe hard for us to understand. God being a judicial God had to meet the requirement of justice. A sinless person was needed for removing the sins of the world by the process Jesus went thru.
Can you imagine how hard that must have been? Try imagining your own child going through this type of torture and humiliation just so you can forgive someone and then you can begin to see how hard this must have been. With this in mind, and us being able to look back in history, we can answer the question Jesus asked. We see the forgiveness of sins is clearly harder for God than the miraculous healing of a persons body. The people of His day could not yet answer that question.
Jesus Gives His Healing Authority To You
We have been given the same authority of Jesus, (by using His name), as Jesus had when he told the paralytic to rise and walk. (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18) When we need healing, or see someone who is sick and needs healing, sometimes we go back to the thought that it is easier to get God to forgive sins than to heal the body. We must all learn to overcome this natural thought process. We should learn to trust God for physical healing thru Jesus even the same way that we trust that He has forgiven our sins through Jesus. We now know the answer to the question Jesus asked; the harder and greater miracle is the forgiveness of sins and the easier miracle is healing of the body.
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? (Romans 8:31-32 MSG)
Beloved, nothing is greater than the sacrifice Jesus made so that we would have the forgiveness of sins. When the thought comes that it might be harder to get God to heal your body than to forgive you, realize the opposite is true. If you have a need, find the solution in God’s Word, take a stand like Jesus did and say: “It is written”.
Rise up and walk not only in the forgiveness of sins but also in the healing of your body. Thru Jesus, God has not held back any good thing from us, He freely gives us His wisdom, favor, prosperity, protection and wholeness!” That my friend is really “The Good News”!