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Luke 5:20  "And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee."

Jesus saw the steadfast, unmoved faith of the men who brought the paralytic to Him. When Jesus said, "Man, thy sins are forgiven thee", He was imparting certain principles and establishing fundamental truth to those who had gathered at the house.

1. Only God can forgive sins. Therefore, He, Jesus is God, the eternal Son, who became the incarnate in Jesus Christ.

2. Many of those who were present, such as the Scribes and the Pharisees,

refused to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Therefore, Jesus wanted them to know who He really is.

3.  Jesus addressed the paralytic's spiritual need. Every human being stands in need of forgiveness for the sins that he or she has committed.

4. Only Jesus can solve the sin problem of the human race.

With such an understanding of the above fundamentals of who Jesus is, and what He wants to do for us, Romans 6:23, reminds us of the need to have our sins forgiven. It states,

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

When Jesus said to the paralytic, "Man, thy sins are forgiven thee", Jesus offered him the gift of eternal life.

We have the power or right to choose. We can accept the gift of eternal life, or reject it. May we truly allow the Holy Spirit to bring us to the point of acceptance, where we can experience a renewed life in Christ.

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