Re:Verse reading–Mark 2:1-12 (day four)
(Vv. 9-12) This was a real dilemma for the scribes. Here they were, thinking to themselves, and Jesus calls them out! “How did He know what I was thinking?” And to make matters even worse, Jesus asks them a question. They certainly can’t answer it! If they say it is easier to forgive than heal, and then He heals the paralytic, they would have to admit that Jesus had authority to forgive sins. If they said it is harder to forgive than to heal, then there was not a visible way for them to convince the people that Jesus did not have the authority. How could they possibly get out of this one? They were not willing to acknowledge that Jesus had any authority.
What would your answer be? Do you acknowledge that Jesus has the authority to forgive? Are you willing to yield to His authority and submit to it? If Jesus came to forgive our sins and provide for salvation, how will you respond?