The Divinity of Jesus…
Despite the signs and miracles He was performing, some questioned Jesus:
Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth” – he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” -Mark 2:6-12, NAB
The story of the paralytic man lowered in through the roof continues from Mark 2:2-5. Four men showed the depth of their faith when they went to all lengths to bring a paralytic man to Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Child, your sins are forgiven (Mark 2:5).”
What truly bothered the scribes in today’s verse was Jesus offering forgiveness to the man. Instead of simply healing the man, Jesus offered him forgiveness of his sins, and the scribes considered this blasphemy. They saw it as Jesus raising Himself up to the level of God – a sin punishable by death.
Without them saying a word, Jesus knew what they were thinking; He knew that they were questioning His divinity. Forgiving this man’s sins was something they could not see, but healing him was something they could. Healing this man was Christ’s way of showing the scribes His divinity in a very real, tangible way.
Even today, many question the divinity of Jesus. Many feel that He was simply a scholar or prophet. Others feel that Christ was a charlatan. Some even think that He was a lunatic! They simply do not believe that Jesus was, and is, the Son of God.
It took a miracle for the scribes to see that Jesus was the Son of God. Sometimes, it seems as if people today are still waiting for miracles. Until Christ comes in to radically change their lives, they are simply not going to believe. Why must we wait for a miracle to believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Why must we wait until we are completely broken like the paralytic man? Why must the Lord bring us back from utter despair before we begin to accept Him?
Jesus was, is, and always will be the Son of God. He was the Son of God at Creation, on the cross, and in our lives today. Stop waiting for miracles to happen. Don’t let your life turn to utter despair before you turn to Him. If you’re waiting for a sign that shows you God’s love, it’s easy to find – just look at the cross.