The Authority of Jesus

Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.

Matthew 9:1-8

Jesus returns to His home town and has the opportunity to demonstrate the fact that He has unique authority from God, and He demonstrates this in a unique way. Some men brought a paralyzed man to Jesus on a mat, undoubtedly hoping that Jesus would heal their friend. Jesus did so, showing us another aspect of the Kingdom; where the Kingdom goes, there is forgiveness of sins, and Jesus, seeing the faith of all involved went to the paralyzed man and forgave his sins.

If we take the long view, the forgiving of a person’s sins is a much greater form of healing than enabling the person to walk again, for the forgiveness of sins brings a healing to our relationship with God and with it, eternal life.

There were some teachers of the law on hand, and being good lawyers, they thought to themselves, “Why this is blasphemy,” since only God can forgive sins, and if Jesus were just some guy, they would be right. But Jesus was not just some guy; He was God in the flesh. Knowing their thoughts, He went to them and asked them a remarkable series of questions:

“Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 

When you think about it, anyone who didn’t care about the Law could tell the man his sins had been forgiven, lie though it might be, and pretend to have done something great… if the person was just putting on a show, but Jesus, in an effort to prove His authority volunteers for the next and impossible to fake step; He tells the man to get up, take his mat and go home… and that is what the paralyzed man did, for he had been made whole again in body as well as in spirit.

Once again, we see what comes with the Kingdom; the broken being returned to wholeness.

The crowd was filled with awe and praised God; but did the teachers of the law join in?

I pose this as a rhetorical question because there is no way for us to be certain one way or the other for the text doesn’t say… but I sure would like to know!


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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10 Responses to The Authority of Jesus

  1. Gary Fultz says:

    I would like to think there were teachers who were constantly open learning. Wishful thinking? I only recall (off the top of my memory) one teacher recorded in the Bible as being open. Nicodemus? I wonder if our culture isn’t becoming that “Hard Headed”

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  3. Since the text doesn’t supply the information, I don’t think one could know for sure; unless some other text is supplied.
    But whether they did or not, I praise God for the authority of Jesus on display.

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  5. Citizen Y says:

    Does the Bible and the illuminuty have you worshiping Uranus? If so it’s stinky business, Repent!
    “The Kingdom of Heaven” in Greek = “the kingdom of Uranus”

    This is cezars’ Blasphemy and the chief of deceptions. First let’s get THE NAME right. YASHUAH Is correctly YHSH. There are no vowels in Ancient Hebrew.

    Malici 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
    Please help me save my Children from the bloody hands of cezar at:

    What Fathers?
    What Children?

    Fathers, the Tribe of Judah=the purest Israelite Tribes of WHOM IS YHSH.

    The Children are The Children of YHSH, THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH.

    YHSH pronounced YAHSHA, IS the Ancient Root Hebrew Masculine form of
    YAHSHUA is the feminine form of YHSH; made up by the pharisses,(there were not vowels) HE may prefer the masculine usage, like it was before the pharisses “tried to help.”

    YHVH=Behold the Nail Behold The Hand
    YHSH=Behold the Hand Behold Destruction

    How to destroy a hand with a nail?= By nailing it to a cross.

    Some Brothers and Sisters us the W in the Sacred Name of our Creator.

    VAV is the ancient letter V.

    They use examples to say that the phonic sound of vav in past times was waw.
    Some say it has to do with Jewish Germans. YHVH was here before the Germans.

    Most studious believers agree the letter VAV is original, just not the sound. Therefore, if I Spell YHVH instead of YHWH, those who use YHWH will admit I have not misspelled His Name, just mispronounced it.

    But if VAV makes the V sound, than spelling His Name; Y-H-W-H would be changing the spelling in His Name. I don’t have that enough faith in German tradition and late century pharisses, to let them change The Name that they have caused the earth to forget.

    VAV has two v’s in spelling the letter, not like most Hebrew letters.

    Mem is another one.
    What is the chance that the Hebrews would have lost the phonetic sound of a letter in YHVHs’ Name, when it is repetitive? (a sign to Hebrews of Importance)
    and why does the sound mem maintained in ALHYM and all the rest?

    Prohibition on His Name did not include the sound of the letters. If someone tells you, “if you use YHVHs’ Name cezar will kill you.” An unbeliever could probably stop using It. A letter is more complicated, but it happens.

    I have more reason That Nehemiah Gordon esplains way better than I. (He doesn’t know I exist, I think)

    If all the letters in YHVH, YHSHs’ and ALHYMs’ Names maintained their phonic sound, with the exception “they say” of the vav sounding waw. This would indicate that the evil one, by cezars’ great deception, was successful in changing the sound of an ancient letter that is repetitive in the spelling in YHVHs’ name. This would bring into question every letter in the alphabet.

    But if V makes the V sound in VaV.

    Then YHVH has preserved the sounds of ALL the ancient letters in His Name, His Sons’ Name and Their Titles ALHYM, to this present generation.
    If this is A FACT, any other spelling or pronunciation is wrong.

    Some say, “What’s the difference He knows who I’m talking about?” When We call YHV- lord=ball YHSH- jesus= not YHSH AHYM-god=gad=god of luck and fortune/Leahs’ sons name.(not a false gad)

    A little Child Shall Lead Them.

    If you had a child that was perfect, and you Loved him enough to die for him; The only thing was he called you menstrual cloth instead of Dad. In private, in front of your friends, in front of His Friends, in front of disgusting people? He always called you menstruating cloth.

    Would that bother You?

    What if all-of-a-sudden, He stopped calling you menstrual cloth, and started calling you Daddy?

    We are not perfect Children and YHVH is more offended than You, because He is Perfect, and the names of these false alhyms’ are more disgusting to Him than a menstrual cloth.

    Thankfully HE IS long suffering and HE Loves Us.

    I’ve heard people talk about ancient Israel, saying, if I had seen the signs they had, I would never have fallowed idle and Tradition. Then they call YHVH and YHSH names the romans and pharisses told them to say. Exactly like their fallen ireali forefathers in faith.

    (cezar =long hair, womb cutter. You know like the 60’s long hair and abortion.)

    Pagans drank blood and practice cannibalism, but “defenders of the faith” act like, “No one intentionally tied to trick you.” YHVH hates idol worship. Do You think He appreciates when we call Him Names that “Israel” went whoring after? Sacrificing their Children, drinking blood, cannibalism and committing adultery in The Temple?

    I don’t say that You will go to hell for using these names, but, whenever Israel held on to tradition, instead of returning to YHVH, they were cut off.
    Embrace the Truth, if it is The Truth that brought You, He will be pleased.

    The loss of usage was no mistake, and the use of false ALHM in place was no mistake. Cesar ie. “roman circle” =”roman church”; put greek manuscripts with the original Hebrew Manuscripts and canonized the bible.

    The Jews never adopted the greek apocrypha,(14 greek books, catholic old Testament) but the Jews rarely ridicule us for using greek books as inspired. (They keep it quiet) True Believers should also never have adopted the books written in greek by romans and pharisees.

    The number 40 is significant in the scriptures, It rained 40 days and 40 nights. Moses fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. He returned to find Isreal whoring after a golden calf twice. YHSH fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, why?

    Is YHVH trying to show us something? 39 books inspired in the Old Testament to prepare us for YHVH’s Way. The Hebrews knew the next book would be the last one . The MASIAH WAS COMMING

    The book called Matthew, was written in Hebrew. YHVH Inspired all #40 books, with no help from cezar or the catholics. It was not Mathews record. The name Matthew was added by romans later. “Matthew” is the unanimous record of the remaining Hebrew disciples.

    Later named “The Gospel According to Matthew” under empirical commission. It’s easy to see that facts were recorded and confirmed unanimously; because it testifies of events that took place before Matthew was called to be a disciple, and things that Matthew did not personally witness; Like the Transfiguration.

    Other Greek books were only added to take Spiritual Authority and power away from YHSHs’ Message, link paganism and contradict the Disciples Testimony. If you never read any of the last 26 books of the bible, you didn’t miss anything.
    Let this message be pronounced freely. I’m calling to you from the four corners of the earth.
    Please help me save my Children from the Hell of Biblon at:

    Habakkuk 3:13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation=(YHSH Strongs H3468) with thine anointed=(MESSIAH H4899); thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
    Yehsha (Strongs H3468) Your Messiah.

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