Jesus Changes Everything
2 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 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. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 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? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Here we have a story about a man who is completely helpless and dependent on his friends. He is in every way a desperate man.
Three major points about this passage I want us to focus on:
- The Determination of Friends
- The Desperation of Our Sinful Condition
- The Deeper Need Christ Addresses
- In what ways do the paralytic friends demonstrate true friendship?
- What do we learn about true friendship in this passage?
- Why do you believe Jesus said, “your sins are forgiven”?
- What does this say about his real problem?
- What does this say about the biggest issue in the human heart?
- What does this statement by Jesus say about His nature?
- How does Jesus meet our deepest need?
Posted on Sun, January 10, 2016
by Brad Mardis filed under