Sermons on Forgiveness of Sins
In Deuteronomy 32 Moses teaches the people the Song of Moses, meant to be a witness against the people when they sin. God is always good. All of heaven and earth testifies to this. There is never any excuse for sin. Even as we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.
In Matthew 9:9-13 Christ calls Matthew who, seeing that his sins can be forgiven by following Christ, immediately leaves his life of tax collecting to follow Jesus. The Pharisees, believing themselves to be righteous, have not concept of the forgiveness of sins. Christ shows that he has come for people like Matthew, who recognize their sins, rather than for people like the Pharisees who believed themselves to be righteous.
In Matthew 9:1-8 Christ heals a paralytic, but the healing of the paralytic is not the emphasis in the story. This miracle is actually used to prove a more significant point: Christ has the authority to forgive sins. If you believe in Christ, then take heart, your sins are forgiven. If you doubt like the scribes, you will be counted as a blasphemer.