Jesus’ popularity was exploding. He and his disciples returned to his home base of Capernaum and here’s what happened next:
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all, praising God.
When the crowd saw this, they were amazed and filled with awe and praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
(Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26, Matthew 9:2-8 NIV)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
Who exactly is Jesus?
Jesus once again demonstrates that he has power over both the spiritual and the physical. He has authority to forgive sins and to heal.
And he does it with tender compassion. I love how he calls the paralyzed man, “son.” Other translations say “friend.” Both are awesome.
What exactly should we do?
Come to Jesus in faith, no matter the obstacles. Ask him to forgive and to heal. And then prepare to be amazed and praise him when he does.
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