Verse of the Day – Jan. 5, 2023

Verse of the Day – Jan. 5, 2023

January 05, 20243 – Friday  

Luke 5:20   NET  

20 When Jesus saw their faith he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”  

Luke 5:20   ESV  

20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”

Luke 5:20   NKJV  

20 When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 

Luke 5:20   NIV 

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” 


This is one of my very favorite verses in the Bible, not because of it alone, but because of its context. I especially like how the NET and NIV versions use the word Friend when Jesus says your sins are forgiven. This entire episode in Jesus’ life is only ten verses (17-26) long and I encourage you to read all ten verses. Here is a link for all four versions side by side.  

Now let’s look at context, from verse 17 we know Jesus was teaching on this day (in Capernaum per Mark 2:1) and among all those watching and listening were Pharisees and teachers of the law. Many of the Pharisees had traveled substantial distances to Capernaum. Note, this same story with additional details is found in Matthew 9 and Mark 2. Both will be used to provide context as well.  

So many were gathered there to listen and watch there was no way for four friends (Mark 2:3) carrying a paralyzed friend there in the hopes that he would be healed by Jesus. Because of the crowd they carried him on a stretcher to the roof. There they made an opening and lowered him down through the tiles right in front of Jesus (v19). That’s the point where we come to our Verse for the Day, 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Now do you ever wonder if your prayers or your faith matters? Here in Jesus’ own words is an example that they do matter. It was not the paralyzed man’s faith, but the faith of those who brought him before Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, He acted. And He acted on the most important issue first when He said, Friend, your sins are forgiven. More important than healing was first the forgiveness of sins.  

That’s when the Pharisees and teachers of the law got involved thinking and asking (v21b), “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But Jesus knew their thoughts and their hearts and asked (22b-23), “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?  Great question, but the man was still laying there paralyzed.  

I have to believe the Pharisees were sitting there thinking, Jesus was all talk because the man was still laying there. Now we are not told what time lapsed between Jesus’ question to them and the next verse, but there was surely a pregnant pause so they could grow in their doubts and skepticism. That would be the point where Jesus continued (24) saying, 24 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, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He directly addressed their doubts and skepticism, and then (v25) 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 

So much for their doubts and skepticism. The man’s sins were forgiven and then he was healed, healed completely. He stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Now all of us should know anyone who has been paralyzed and bedridden for any length of time will take time to recover full use of the limbs when the paralysis ends. Not here, Immediately he stood up! The result? From the ESV, 26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.” 

Bottom Line: Your prayers, your faith matters especially when you seek to intercede for another.   

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You so much for this wonderful example of Jesus showing the forgiving of sins is foremost and then healing. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.  

RileyD, nwJ     

Riley D. Driver – Pastor          

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