The forgiveness of sins (Matthew 9:1-13) | back

 1And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. Capernaum, His home town.

 2And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. No man can forgive sin. Christ shows the importance of healing your soul and spirit, more than the physical body.

 3And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. Because Christ said your sins are forgiven, the scribes exclaimed this man is saying He is God.

 4And Jesus knowing their thoughts said. Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? Jesus asked them why they were thinking such evil thoughts. Only God knows your heart, so could Jesus. Psalm 139 tells us that God knows are thoughts.

 5For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? Christ was explaining as Messiah, He had the authority on earth to forgive sins. But, He told them that talk is cheap and anyone can say your sins are forgiven. Christ knew that there was no proof for them by forgiving sins because they could not see it.

 6But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins. then saith he to the sick of the palsy. Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. Here is where Christ would say to them, since you will not believe me, I will heal this man so that you will know that the Son of man has the power on earth to forgive sins. Then they would know who He really was.

 7And he arose, and departed to his house. The boy gathered up his bed and walked.

 8But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. A chill of fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen before their own eyes. Then they praised God for giving such authority to a man.

 9And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. Matthew was a tax collector... Matthew means "Gift of God." Matthew just arose and followed Jesus. There was no alter call here, it was a call from God. When God calls you, don't hesitate. You will know when He calls on you to serve.