What a Friend

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“When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

(Luke 5:20)

 Reflection:

This short account of the healing of the paralysed man is full of dynamic truth.

 Firstly, Jesus forgives him as if He was God and the one who was sinned against – not the other people in the man’s life. Although we do sin against one another sin is first and foremost a sin against God Himself. It is an act of rebellion and disobedience. David had it right when he prayed,

“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.”
(Psalm 51:4)

 Secondly, Jesus speaks forgiveness on His own authority and not on behalf of God or anyone else. The Pharisees and teachers of the law were correct when they thought in amazement,

“Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
(Luke 5:21)

 Thirdly, Jesus acts as if He were God and by a simple command heals the man of his paralysis.

“He said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
(Luke 5:24)

 In all three instances Jesus spoke and acted as only God was expected to speak and act. He did so directly and with authority – and without any such introduction as ‘in the name of God’ or ‘on His behalf.’ The people were filled with awe and said,

“We have seen remarkable things today.”
(Luke 5:26)

 The One through Whom the world was made is the same One through Whom the world is saved.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”
(John 1:14)

Response:

Acknowledge Jesus for Whom He really is – Our Lord and our God

 Prayer:

‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, Who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.’

 

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