November 19, 2008

And Not Only That…

The crowds were so great no one could even get through the door. When Jesus returned to Capernaum, word had spread so quickly that a paralytic, carried by friends, seemed to have no chance to get close enough to be healed by Jesus. But these folks were not so easily discouraged. They dug through the roof and lowed the paralytic down so Jesus could see him, and possibly heal him.

Certainly, this man had hoped for healing – that with a word from Jesus, he would walk out of that house on his own two feet. And he would – but first, Jesus needed to teach a few skeptics a lesson. Jesus chose to give him a far more eternal gift: “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

As usual, there were a bunch of lawyers around thinking, “blasphemy – who does He think He is, forgiving sins.” Jesus, being God, not only could forgive sin, but He know what they were thinking. So He added a temporal component to this paralytics’ blessing and healed him as well – and the paralytic did walk out on his own two feet.Jesus made it clear to the lawyers that He indeed is God, and indeed does have the authority to forgive sins.

So, knowing that Jesus has this authority – to forgive sins – how do we know that He has forgiven ours? It’s a matter of belief. Do you believe that Jesus is who He says He is? which would you rather have: forgiveness of sins so you can have eternal life, or healing from whatever ailment or disability you have now? Sure, God has given a few both, but if you could choose only one, which one would it be?

And how about those lawyers? Our generation is used to hearing about the legal system destroying those who do good – it doesn’t even outrage us any more. Unlike the lawyers of today, those “teachers of the law” were all about asserting their authority; today it’s about making a name for themselves, and in some cases, it’s an effort to mock the law.

Don’t get lost in the so-called intellectualism of law. Believe in Jesus Christ and your sins will be forgiven (John 6:29John 6:29
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29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

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). No “teacher of the law” – and no modern day lawyer – can take your salvation.


Jesus returns home to Capernaum. He preached to large crowds. Friends of a paralytic lower him to Jesus through a roof. Jesus forgives his sins. Teachers of the law think it’s blasphemy, so Jesus proved His authority by also healing the paralytic.


  1. Jesus returns to Capernaum, preaches before large crowd (Mark 2:1-2Mark 2:1-2
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    2 1 When he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was heard that he was in the house. 2 Immediately many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even around the door; and he spoke the word to them.

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  2. Men lower paralytic through roof; Jesus forgives his sins (Mark 2:2Mark 2:2
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    2 Immediately many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even around the door; and he spoke the word to them.

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  3. Jesus knows thoughts of critics, responds by also healing paralytic (Mark 1:6-12Mark 1:6-12
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    6 John was clothed with camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen. 8 I baptized you in The Greek word translated here as “in” could also be translated as “with” in some contexts. water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.” 9 It happened in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting, and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 A voice came out of the sky, “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 12 Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness.

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Jesus forgives, heals paralytic; rebukes His critics


To cause the audience to recognize that Jesus Christ has the authority to forgive sins, for He is God.