Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?
“Such a strange question,” they began, “what could Jesus have possibly meant by it?” I started, “Jesus was demonstrating to these men the source of their supposed power. They had none, for which ever one they deemed easy to say it would still fall short of a miracle. Here’s a perfect example then, for us. Which is easier for us to do if we see a starving man, or a homeless man or a beggar in the streets which is very much like a paralytic. A man who cannot go anywhere on his own feet. Is it easier to tell that man his sins are forgiven? His sins which we do not know of nor are sure we have the authority to give? And if we did, how often is it done? Or is it easier to say, “Come with me. I will help you on your feet?” The question was never just for the scribes but for us as well for Christ has also said in Matthew 5:20 “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Never question the opportunity to help a man or woman or child onto their feet. And even if you did know their sin, supposing it were a sin against even you- to act as one who has forgiven them, otherwise Christ has mentioned in Luke 6:37 “”Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”..
.. Indeed it’s quite simple. Never lose the opportunity to help a man on his feet. Without judgment and with forgiveness in your heart which you yourself would wish to gain in such a dire circumstance.”