Matthew 9:2 KJV
they brought to him a man
sick of the palsy,
lying on⁶ a bed:
and Jesus seeing their faith
said unto the sick of the palsy,
Son, be of good cheer;
thy sins be forgiven thee.
They brought to him a man
If there were no sins, there would be no wounds.
But now the bad thing is that a person naturally suffers from the wounds, but not from the sins.
- Would you rather be rid of your sickness than your sins?
- Would you rather be delivered from your handicap than from your iniquities?
- Would you rather have your troubles over than have your transgressions blotted out?
How poor it is to be, and remain, blind to the sins behind the wounds.
- The greatest need of the sick man, who was brought to the Saviour, was to be his sin.
- The greatest benefit he could receive was the forgiveness of sins.
He needed forgiveness more than healing from his grief.
His spiritual distress was greater than his physical distress.
The afflicted one may hear from the mouth of the Saviour, “Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven thee.”
His physical sickness is also removed.
In this lifetime, the now healed person may have had to experience another illness.
But it was true for him, and for all God’s people, that sickness and sin will one day be gone forever.
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