After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren't able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, "Son, I forgive your sins."
Some religion scholars sitting there started whispering among themselves, "He can't talk that way! That's blasphemy! God and only God can forgive sins." Jesus knew right away what they were thinking, and said, "Why are you so skeptical? Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, 'I forgive your sins,' or say, 'Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking'? Well, just so it's clear that I'm the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both . . ." (he looked now at the paraplegic), "Get up. Pick up your stretcher and go home." And the man did it—got up, grabbed his stretcher, and walked out, with everyone there watching him. They rubbed their eyes, incredulous—and then praised God, saying, "We've never seen anything like this!" 
It is not hard to imagine Jesus smiling at the assembled Pharisees as they watched dumb-founded….Jesus didn’t wait for their reply – it was a rhetorical question. If he could heal the man, he was also qualified to forgive his sins – and the Pharisees knew this. (It is also worth having a think about the scene – the house was packed – there are four guys taking tiles of the roof – then a paraplegic is lowered by ropes into the house – all of this while Jesus is teaching. The scene is comical in itself)
The last verse of this passage says that everyone present was amazed and went away praising God. Maybe even the Pharisees who were present were convinced of Jesus’ claim of divinity. We do know that some Pharisees were moved by Jesus. (Nicodemus came by night to talk with Jesus and Joseph of Aramathea asked for Jesus’ body to bury it) Later in the church’s early history, an old Pharisee named Gamaliel gave the church some breathing space by saying “If this is from God we won’t be able to stop it”
In a final twist of irony, Jesus chose one of the most influential Pharisees in Jerusalem – a man who hunted and killed Christians – to be the one to spread the Gospel beyond Israel….The Apostle Paul. (more on Paul in later editions)