Boarding a boat, Jesus crossed to the other side of the lake and went to his own city.
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."
Some legal experts said among themselves, "This man is insulting God."
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 Onea has authority on the earth to forgive sins"—he said to the man who was paralyzed—"Get up, take your cot, and go home."
The man got up and went home.
When the crowds saw what had happened, they were afraid and praised God, who had given such authority to human beings.