Which is easier, to say, "Your sins are forgiven," or to say, "Rise and walk"?
If you have ever felt weighted down or paralyzed by your sin, then you know that forgiveness is actually the permission and the power to rise up and walk on.
Many times in Scripture we see evidence of Jesus engaging with the Pharisees. He asks them so many challenging questions and causes them to stumble over their own self-righteousness. The ability to forgive sins and the ability to cause a crippled man to walk are both from the same origin--the divine power to heal. The answer to the question is that for man, both of these things are not just difficult but impossible. But for God, these things are easy. Because the Pharisees were blind to the fact that Jesus was God, they missed the entire point. They missed the real healing, available right in front of them.
We don't have to. We can call on Jesus in our sin and weakness--and his love will enable us to rise again.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne