So that you might know: The authority to forgive sins.

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.

About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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3 Responses to So that you might know: The authority to forgive sins.

  1. Brian MacArevey says:


    I like what you are getting at here; I think it is important. But I’m not sure that we can get rid of the cross as “method” altogether. Maybe the idea of “method” needs to be tweeked, or redefined?

    • Craig Benno says:


      I’m doing some personal reflection on the cross through the narrative frame work of Luke.

      It seems that there are holes in the assumption of PSA that Jesus took on God’s wrath. Yet – I don’t think Luke teaches or holds that opinion at all. Rather it seems that (within the Lukan writings) that yes the Cross was God’s plan and therefore method. Yet the question to ask is if it was a sign of the ultimate act of mercy / forgiveness for killing of the son of God – or was it really that God could only forgive us through sacrificing Christ… I think Luke tends to promote the former.

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