The miracle of healing the lame man was amazing in the eyes of the onlookers. And Jesus’ words by which he claimed authority to forgive sins were also astonishing to all, and angering to the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus powerfully proved his authority to forgive sins, but many were more focused on the physical healing than on the spiritual healing that had taken place.
And we pray:
O Healer of souls, we come to You, Lord, desiring that You would forgive us our sins and heal us from the harm those sins have done to us spiritually. We know that You will not turn away the truly penitent Man but will hear him and bury his sins in the depths of the deepest sea. We know You will cast our confessed and forgiven sins behind Your back and hurl them into the land of forgetfulness forever. Help us to come to You in true repentance and with faith in Your merciful nature. Amen.