There is an interesting story in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. One that tells the story where a paralytic is lowered through the roof of a house by his friends and Jesus heals him.
Matthew 9:2 Some men brought to him a paralysed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
This causes the religious leaders to mutter and foam at the mouth in indignant indignancy; saying; Who did this Jesus think he was; only God has the authority / ability to forgive sins.
4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”So he said to the paralysed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”
I had been reflecting on the various theories of the Atonement and this passage came to mind… What if the CROSS is the sign that Jesus did have the authority to forgive sins and isn’t the actual method of how and why our sins are forgiven.