Paralyzed Man - Part 5

OPENING PRAYER

 Lord, I need someone who has the authority to resolve my brokenness. I know you are the One. Amen.

 

READ: Luke 5:22-26

 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

REFLECT

 "If you are looking for someone with a little authority I am the one you are seeking. I have as little authority as anyone I know!" That means he or she is not in charge, for authority is "the power to give orders or make decisions; the power to direct or control someone or something." (Merriam Webster Dictionary)

When Jesus said to the paralyzed man, Son, your sins are forgiven," the teachers of the law were appalled. "Who does this fellow think he is? Does He think he's in charge?" As a matter of fact, that's exactly what He thought. He was God! He had the authority and ability to forgive this man's sin. His authority wasn't acquired, it was inherent.

Jesus, not only cares about us, He can do something for us that we cannot do for ourselves. There is nothing too large for Him to handle nor is there anything too insignificant for Him to address. He is definitely in charge. You can trust and depend on Him.

 

CLOSING PRAYER

 Thank You, Jesus, for exercising your authority over all that is crippling me.