Jesus kinda drops the mic here.
“But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—then He *said to the paralyzed man, ‘Get up, pick up your stretcher and go home.'” – Matthew 9:6
Jesus is challenging a group of unbelieving scribes. They have accused Him of blasphemy for telling a paralyzed man his sins are forgiven (Matthew 9:2–4). He has asked which is easier, forgiving sins or healing the man. By this, Jesus implies that it’s not as easy to claim authority over illness and disease, since that can be immediately tested. If He can “prove” something more difficult, it lends credibility to His claims about sin.
Jesus says boldly and explicitly that He will do both: declare forgiveness of sin and healing of disease. Proving His power over nature supports His claims to be the “Son of Man,” who also has the authority to offer God’s forgiveness. Jesus often refers to Himself as the Son of Man, a name from Daniel’s revelation that pointed forward to the coming of the Messiah (Daniel 7:13). The name carries with it the idea of one who is the ultimate of the sons of men, as well as the servant who is king.
Jesus follows through by turning to the paralyzed man who had to be lowered through the roof of the house on a bed in order to see Jesus (Mark 2:4). Jesus tells him simply, “Rise, pick up your bed and go home.”
Rise, pick up your bed and go home. I love how they describe this statement. He simply says…
So, we get all caught up in the ins and outs of life. The tangled webs of relationships, the drama that gets so easily blown up in our lives…yet…Jesus simply says, “Pick up your mat and walk.”
Maybe we should take a cue from that. Maybe simplifying things, simplifying relationship, simplifying our walk with God could help us in our continued journey in this life. To live simply. To live a relationship with Jesus simply. To let Him rule over it all. To let Him take the stress, the anxiety, the drama that we bring into our lives…
Just throwing that out there.