In Mark’s gospel we read of the account of Jesus healing a paralytic who was let down through the roof. When Jesus healed the man by declaring that his sins were forgiven, questions arose in the minds of some in attendance. Jesus responded to their questions even though they did not ask them out loud.
Jesus indicated that no difference in difficulty existed between declaring this man forgiven or physically healed. Those with questions understood that only God can forgive sins. Jesus’ response indicated that he had been given authority to forgive sins. Several times in the gospels, Jesus spoke about authority given to him by the Father. This authority linked him essentially with the Father.
My focus, however, is on the response of the rest of the people. Instead of accusatory questions in their hearts, their response was one of sheer amazement leading to their glorifying God.
They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”