Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said,
"Why do you harbor evil thoughts?
Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,'
or to say, 'Rise and walk'?
But that you may know that the Son of Man
has authority on earth to forgive sins." Matthew 9:4-6
The vote would be to say your sins are forgiven. But with great faith, we could get up and walk. Which Jesus did for the paralytic.
Those who brought this man to Jesus, wanted to have him physically healed. What they did for him, showed Jesus the faith they had in him to take care of one of their family members. Since Jesus knows our hearts, he also knew the paralytics, he forgave him first. Which enabled him to receive the gift of physical healing.
What is it in our lives that holds back forgiveness and healing. What keeps us away from God? Is it pride? Is it the practice of evil? Is it in breaking a commandment? Is it the abuse of power? Or is it that you just don't really believe? There could be more but I will stop at these, only you know.
Jesus teaches us about forgiveness, because he knows we sometimes do not forgive. You hear about families, that stop speaking with each other. It usually is one or two members of the family that it happens to. There are many out there who go their whole life without forgiving each other, and go to their death with this with them. And all too often they seek physical healing while alive, yet will not forgive and reconcile with those they are separated from. Then how do we expect to reconcile with God if we cannot do so in our own lives. Love of neighbor does not hold grudges, it enables forgiveness. Don't wait until your last breath to say your sorry to someone you have not spoken with all your life. It is the healing that will mend your soul. Until then you will remain paralyzed, until you bring forgiveness into your life.