What beautiful words! Once spoken by the only ONE WHO has the power to forgive sin, GOD HIMSELF in the PERSON of JESUS CHRIST.
But who were these words spoken to? They were spoken to a sinner, just like you and me. A person who was looked down upon by the others in the city. But yet an individual who was loved by JESUS CHRIST very much.
That’s the beauty of the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST! GOD loves sinners! GOD’s Word, the Bible says that, “. . . all have sinned, and come short of the glory of GOD.” Romans 3:23
That’s the bad news. But there’s good news as well! For it also says that, “GOD demonstrated HIS love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us.” Romans 5:8
Do you see? Even though you and I are sinners, deserving of hell, GOD loves us! HE loves us so much that HE sent JESUS CHRIST to die on a cruel cross, to shed HIS innocent blood, so that you and I could be forgiven of all our sins, and have eternal life with HIM someday.
But there’s something you and I must do to receive this forgiveness and eternal life. It’s not going to church, or living a good life, or trying to “clean up your life.” The Bible simply says, “Believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST and you will be saved . . .” Acts 16:31. Saved from the hell that you and I so greatly deserve.
You see, CHRIST did all the work. All we have to do is believe that.
That person to whom JESUS CHRIST spoke those words, “Your sins are forgiven”, simply came to JESUS, just the way she was, and believed that HE was the SAVIOR. HE will accept you and I too, just the way we are . . . . sinful, broken, lonely, and sad . . . if we simply
“believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST. . .”
JESUS had some closing words for this person. HE said, “Your faith has saved you, go in peace.”
Peace with GOD. What a wonderful thing to have! No matter how sinful we might be, if we simply, “. . . believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST . . .” we too can, “go in peace.”
Have you believed on HIM?