Forgiveness vs Amnesty
“And when he saw their faith, he said, "Man, your sins are forgiven you."”
Luke 5:20 ESV
In Luke chapter 5 Jesus authority to forgive the sins of a cripple was challenged. Understanding that God alone can forgive, the Pharisees were offended at Christ's claim. What they did not understand was that Christ's presence upon the earth, His faithful life, and His approaching death were the very reasons forgiveness existed at all.
Forgiveness is not the same as amnesty. God does not simply wave the penalty. The wages of sin is death, and when man sinned death was the unavoidable result. The only reason God can extend forgiveness to anyone is because He paid the penalty in full with the life of His dear son. In reaching out to the cripple, Jesus essentially said, you may be forgiven for soon I will die in your place. Forgiveness is the most expensive gift ever purchased, yet it is freely available to you if you believe it.
Still Seeking His Face,