But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
When we appeal to our conscience and our conduct compared with the Law of God, the logical conclusion is that we are sinners. Knowing that the wages of sin is death, which means spending eternity in hell, it makes sense to seek a way to receive forgiveness for our sins. Who has authority on Earth to forgive sins? The scribes and Pharisees were clear that no man is authorized to forgive sins, but God alone, so they whispered that Jesus cursed to forgive sins. Matthew 9:6 states the power of Jesus to forgive sins.
Certainly, as the scribes and Pharisees thought, no man or woman on earth has the power to forgive sins. We will try to explain this with an example of earthly life. Suppose we owe some money to a person. We made a promise to pay for a given period of time. By the deadline established we fail the person who gives us a second chance in exchange for paying more interest on the loan.
At the new deadline given by our creditors, we again fail and not pay the amount borrowed and the interest. If our neighbor’s creditor issued us a document saying that our debt is forgiven, that document has no validity because the debt has not been with him. Only the person who lent us money, whom we already have failed twice, has the power to decide whether to forgive our debt or not. No one else can do.
When we sin, we go into debt to God and our obligation is to pay our debt. Only God has the power to forgive our debt, that is, forgive our sin because it is He whom we have offended. What Matthew 9:6 says that Jesus, the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins is because these sins are committed against Him, who is also God. Therefore, Matthew 9:6 is a biblical proof of the divinity of Jesus.
Many are reluctant to consider the Son as God. We see what it says John 20:27-29 about: Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
At no time Jesus corrected to Thomas when he said, My Lord and my God! That means He accepted that the disciple call him God. The only reason that Jesus agreed to be called God by Thomas is because He is God. And also he called God in Isaiah 9:6 when he says: For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Only Jesus can forgive sins because we have all sinned against God, who is our Lord, our mighty God, our Wonderful Counselor, our Eternal Father, and the great Prince of Peace, to whom be honor and glory and praise for ever the ages; who He was, who is and who will come to reign forever. God bless you.