One day as Jesus was teaching,
Pharisees and teachers of the law,
who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem,
were sitting there,
and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.
And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed;
they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence.
But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd,
they went up on the roof
and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles
into the middle in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said,
“As for you, your sins are forgiven.”
Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves,
“Who is this who speaks blasphemies?
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply,
“What are you thinking in your hearts?
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?”
he said to the one who was paralyzed,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”
He stood up immediately before them,
picked up what he had been lying on,
and went home, glorifying God.
Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God,
and, struck with awe, they said,
“We have seen incredible things today.”
Jesus had been healing many people and word was spreading. Just imagine how many people were crowded around Jesus, wanting to hear Him preach, listen to Him teach and see Him heal. So a group of men bring a man on a stretcher to Jesus, but they can’t get close because there are so many people. Refusing to give up, they go through the roof (literally). Jesus is impressed by their faith and tells them, “As for you, your sins are forgiven.”
Then Jesus, who was able to read their minds, began to engage the Pharisees and other doubters around Him. They did not want to believe that He had authority to forgive sins, let alone heal this man. Those were things that only God could do. That is exactly right – He was and is God! But they did not realize Who was among them.
To prove His point that He was God and had authority over everything, Jesus heals the paralyzed man, who left glorifying God. Everyone there must have been mesmerized.
There are a few questions that come to mind as I read this Scripture:
1) How far am I willing to go to bring my friends to Jesus?
2) Do I have the faith that the same Jesus who healed this paralyzed man can heal me or others?
3) Do I glorify God and tell everyone of the wonders the Lord has done in my life?
Have a blessed day!
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