Jesus Heals The Paralyzed Man

During an especially trying time in the work of the China Inland Mission, Hudson Taylor wrote to his wife, “We have twenty-five cents—and all the promises of God! (Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, W. Wiersbe, p. 242) … More

Faith

Jesus chose Capernaum as the headquarters of His Galilean ministry. This was a commercial city on the main road of traffic between Egypt and Damascus. We find Jesus back in this city in a crowded house preaching the Word. Four men came carrying their paralyzed friend on a stretcher. They could not get to Jesus because of the crowd so they went up on the roof, made a hole and let the man down through the hole to Jesus’ feet. When Jesus saw their faith He healed the man. In seeking to bring their friend to Jesus, we notice:

  1. The determination of the four.  - (v.  3) “And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.”
  2. The difficulties they faced. - (v. 3b) “......bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.” In a very real sense, these four men were willing to bear the physical burden of their friend in order to get him to the One who could help him.
  3. The deliverance they fostered. - Jesus said, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee” (v. 5). As usual there were some scribes sitting there “reasoning in their hearts” (v. 6), “Who can forgive sins but God only?” (v. 7) Jesus knew that they resented His implication that He could forgive sins. They were actually right in their theology that God alone can forgive sin, but wrong in their deduction that Jesus was an imposter and not the Son of God.

Their hostile response reveals three things:

  1. They admit that Jesus can do something they are unable to do - forgive sins.
  2. That blasphemy is a serious charge - whoever blasphemes the Name must be put to death (Lev. 24:16).
  3. Jesus knows hidden thoughts even as God does - prophets are said to perceive all things in their spirits (Lk. 7:39).

Application

I need to ask the question: Who am I the most like?  

    ___ The paralyzed man  

    ___ The crowd
    ___ His friends  
    ___ The religious leaders

Mark 2:1-12 (English Standard Version)

And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your bed and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--he said to the paralytic-- "I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home." And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

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