An amazing miracle that upsets the Jewish leaders as it broke one of their man made rules. Incredibly they chose to focus on the broken rule rather than the miracle healing of a 38 year old paralytic. They understand that woven into his miracles and forgiveness of sins is the implication that Jesus is somehow equal to God (v18) and that amounts to blasphemy unless, of course, it just happens to be true! So, what does Jesus say about it? Does he try to defuse the wrong impression that they have got? On the contrary he backs up his claims! He quite directly and categorically claims to be the Son of God with authority to judge, forgive sins, give life and carry out other tasks on behalf of God.
Jesus points to evidence to back up his claim:
- John the Baptist’s testimony (v33)
- The signs and wonders (v36)
- The testimony of God in the Scriptures (v37-40)
Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. As C S Lewis concludes in Mere Christianity “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the son of God: or else a madman or something worse. Let us not come up with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
His claim must be either true or false, so it is something that should be given serious consideration as it is of eternal consequence if found to be true.
- Why don’t the Scriptures bring eternal life? (v39)
- Are we looking for praise from men of praise from God? (v44)
- What happens if we take Jesus at his word? (v24)
- What can we tell about God by looking at Jesus? (v19-30) See also Hebrews 1:1-3.
- What do you make of Jesus’ claims?
May we have the faith to believe Jesus is all he says he is.