The Hardest Thing God Ever Did by Max Lucado


“Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?” ~ the words of Jesus in Mark 2: 9

“… Sometimes God is so touched by what he sees that he gives us what we need and not simply that for which we ask.

“It’s a good thing. For who would have ever thought to ask God for what he gives? Which of us would have dared to say: ‘God, would you please hang yourself on a tool of torture as a substitution for every mistake I have ever committed?’ And then have the audacity to add:’ And after you forgive me, could you prepare me a place in your house to live forever?’

“And if that wasn’t enough: ‘And would you please live within me and protect me and guide me and bless me with more than I could ever deserve?’

“Honestly, would we have the chutzpah to ask for that?

“… We would ask for little things like a long life and a healthy body and a good job. Grand request from our perspective, but from God’s it’s like taking the moped when he offers the limo.

“So, knowing the paralytic didn’t know enough to ask for what he needed, Jesus gave it anyway: ‘Young man your sins are forgiven.’ [To understand this post better, read Mark 2: 1 – 12 in your language about when Jesus healed a paralytic.]

“The Pharisees start to grumble… ‘Only God can forgive sins.’

“Their mumbling spawns one of Christ’s greatest questions: ‘Which is easier: to tell this paralyzed man, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to tell him, “Stand up. Take your mat and walk”?’

“You answer the question. Which is easier for Jesus? To forgive a soul or heal a body? Which caused Jesus less pain—providing this man with health or providing this man with heaven?

“To heal the man’s body took a simple command; to forgive the man’s sins took Jesus’ blood. The first was done in the house of friends; the second on a hill with thieves. One took a word; the other took his body. One took a moment; the other took his life.

“Which was easier?”

From the chapter, “The Hardest Thing God Ever Did” in He Still Moves Stones by Max Lucado

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3 responses to “The Hardest Thing God Ever Did by Max Lucado

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  2. The analysis of this section of scripture is interesting, but other scholars have come to the opposite conclusion as to which was easier.

    The Pharasees were correct that only God can forgive sins, but anyone can tell someone that there sins are forgiven – there is no outward evidence as to whether that miracle has taken place.

    On the other hand, if someone were to tell a paralytic that his body was healed and yet he was still unable to walk, it would be clear that the person did not have that power. If he was claiming divinity, this would prove him false.

    So, in the context of the event and the question Jesus asked the Pharisees, telling the man to get up and walk was the harder thing to do.

  3. Hey, Jeff! Thanks for visiting and adding a different thought. I’m going to think about this some more, BUT it may be a question we’ll have to ask the Lord to explain when we see Him. 🙂

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