And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son;your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” (Matthew 9:2-6)
There are some who say that Jesus never claimed to be God. This is one example of Christ’s self-proclamation of divinity (for others, see John 5:17-18; 8:58; 9:38; 10:30; 14:9; 17:5; Matthew 28:9, 18; Matthew 14:33; Revelation 1:8, 17).
Here, as He heals a man of a paralysis, rather than say, “Take up your mat and walk”, He says, “Your sins are forgiven”. Why? The miracle was not just for the sake of the miracle. Jesus was not simply a miracle worker. He was the Messiah, and He was God Himself, and the purpose of the many miracles He worked was to show the truthfulness of His claims.
Those who heard Him say, “Your sins are forgiven,” were upset with Him, as they thought He was committing blasphemy. Only God can forgive sins. And they would have been right to be angry…if Jesus were not God. But He is. By the way, this passage also mentions that Jesus knew their thoughts.
Jesus is no mere man. He is God incarnate. And He came to seek and save the lost and to eventually die for their sins. Praise Jesus, our Savior and God!