Which is more effective: to be a healer or to invoke the healing power within?
Matthew 9:2-8 2 People brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a cot. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man who was paralyzed, “Be encouraged, my child, your sins are forgiven.”3 Some legal experts said among themselves, “This man is insulting God.”4 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, “Why do you fill your minds with evil things? 5 Which is easier—to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But so you will know that the Human One[a] has authority on the earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“Get up, take your cot, and go home.” 7 The man got up and went home. 8 When the crowds saw what had happened, they were afraid and praised God, who had given such authority to human beings. (CEB)
The free clinic was open. The waiting room was jam-packed. The paramedics arrived with an emergency, but they had trouble getting in because of the crowd. Four of them carried the paralyzed man to the roof and, after some struggle, lowered him to the exact spot where Yeshua sat. Amazed by the persistent faith of the paramedics, Yeshua told the paralyzed man that his sins were forgiven. Hearing some of the long robes in the crowd murmuring among themselves, Yeshua addressed their cynical questioning, “The Human Being (and that could be you if you truly listened to God within your hearts) has authority to forgive sins.” Turning to the man who was brought in paralyzed he said, “On your feet. Go home!” The man stood up, picked up his mat, and strode out of the clinic. The crown was dumb-founded. They couldn’t believe their eyes. Then they thanked God that human beings had such authority (which they previously thought only God could have).