Paralyzed Man - Part 1

OPENING PRAYER

Jesus, I am certain that you know what I need, even if I don't; I am here because you are the answer to all my problems.

 

READ: MARK 2:1-12 (NIV)

[l] 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!"

 

REFLECT: JESUS IS THE ANSWER; WHAT'S THE QUESTION?

It showed on their sweat stained faces and in the hopeful look in the paralyzed man's eyes. There was desperation in their bold act. They came to Jesus, who was surrounded by people and they dug through the roof lowering their friend down to where Jesus was standing. They expected Him to heal their friend. Jesus did the unexpected, saying, "Son, your sins are forgiven."  That's not why they brought him. They wanted him to walk again.  The religious protested: "Only God can forgive sins," they said. But Jesus knew what was really needed. So He said, "Son, get up, take your mat and go home." And that's what he did.

They wanted Jesus to help with what they thought was the problem. But Jesus knew what was needed, as He always does. He healed this man, demonstrating that He had the authority to resolve the real problem. Jesus knows what we need and is able to help, even if we misdiagnose our problem.

 

APPLY

 Go to Jesus with what you think is the problem because He knows what you do need. Whatever the problem, JESUS IS THE SOLUTION!

 

CLOSING PRAYER

Thank you Jesus for helping in ways I didn't think I needed help!