That’s what Jesus asked a group of unbelievers. He had been teaching and healing throughout the day when yet another paralytic was placed in front of him. Jesus looked at the man and said,
“Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:20
The religious people in the crowd, often the first to put rules before love, chastised Jesus for saying such a blasphemous thing, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
To which Jesus replied, “Which is easier: to say, “Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . .” He said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
So, how would you answer Jesus’ question? Which is easier, to forgive someone’s sins, or to heal their infirmity?
Well, which caused Jesus less pain? Giving someone physical health or making it possible for them to enter heaven? In reality no human on earth can do either. Yet Jesus could and did both.
. One took the speaking of a word, while the other drained His blood.
. One took place in a house surrounded by friends. The other, alone and naked on a Roman cross.
. One took a moment of time. The other took His life.
. One caused the wrath of man. During the other He absorbed the wrath of God.
So which is easier, admitting that you’re physically sick or admitting that you’re spiritually dead?