Jesus forgave many sinners throughout his ministry, but many people
were upset at his actions e.g. when Jesus healed a paralysed man. In
Palestine it was the general belief that sickness was caused by sin.
When Jesus saw how much faith the man had he forgave all of his sins,
and the man was able to pick up his mat and walk home. Jesus believed
that he could heal physically and spiritually, but the Pharisees were
extremely upset because they thought Jesus was blaspheming as only God
could forgive sins.
No work was to be done on the Sabbath. When Jesus healed a crippled
woman on this day the synagogue leaders were very angry with him for
healing and forgiving sins. Jesus made the point that helping people
or your animals is far more important than sticking to the letters of
the law. Also, Jesus healing on the Sabbath shows us how much he
In the well known event of Jesus meeting Zacchaeus the whole of the
town and many Jewish leaders were appalled when Jesus chose to visit a
tax collector over them. Tax collectors tended to steal money and
were Jews working for the Romans, so they were severely hated in
society. Jesus forgave him despite this, showing us that Jesus wants
to save all lost people.
In the parable of the Lost Son, it illustrates that everyone can have
forgiveness no matter how great his or her sins. Jesus is telling us
through this parable, that if we know we have sinned and ask for
repentance, God will forgive us, even if we don’t deserve it. In the
parable, the father represents God, who forgives the most terrible
sins and the lost son represents us, as God’s people. The Pharisees
are depicted as the eldest son. In this instance the eldest son is
angry and enraged as he thought that it should have been him receiving
all the father’s joy and wealth. He had kept to the house rules, by
doing what his father wanted and therefore he expected a reward for
doing so. In the same way the Pharisees thought that by carrying out
their specific practices and keeping their rules, they were the only
people who deserved heaven.
As we all know, forgiving people today causes great difficulties
within our local society and on a worldly scale. On September 11...