In this text we see Jesus' authority to forgive our sins. One of the striking things is that Jesus offers forgiveness outside of the temple. The normal way for a Jewish person in the 1st century to obtain forgiveness was in the temple. This man however did not need to jump through any "hoops" to get forgiveness, Jesus simply declared him forgiven.
This made me ask a couple of questions:
- What "hoops" do I feel that I have to jump through in order to get forgiveness from God?
- What "hoops" do I expect others to jump through in order to forgive them?