Summary of passage: After healing the demon-possessed man in Matthew 8, Jesus then returns to Capernaum where a paralytic was brought to him. Jesus forgave the man’s sins and thus drew criticism from the religious leaders who were watching him. Jesus chastised them for their unbelief and told the man to go home. The man got up and walked and the crowd was filled with awe and praise of God.
3a) The faith of the men who brought the paralytic to him.
b) By inviting them to church, by sharing the Gospel, by praying for them, by showing them kindness and a heart for Jesus, by shining your light unto them by serving them, and an insistent and incessant encouragement of friends and family to accept Christ into their hearts.
4a) “Your sins are forgiven” (verse 2) “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (verse 6) The act of healing the man (verses 6-7)
b) He got up and walked.
5) Mark tells us many more details surrounding the act. We learn that a huge crowd had gathered and that it was actually 4 men who brought Jesus the paralytic. The crowd was so huge that the men had to cut a hole in the roof and lower the man down to Jesus. We learn the exact thoughts of the teachers of the law and question Jesus’ right to forgive sins. We learn that the man took his mat with him as well.
Luke adds that Pharisees were present as well (the leaders of the priests) and that they had come from all over to see Jesus. The power of the Lord was present with Jesus for healing. The man was lowered right in front of Jesus. Upon healing we learn the paralytic himself left praising God. The people said they had never seen anything so remarkable.
Conclusions: With faith, all things are possible.
Another example of Jesus healing. In Isaiah 35:5-6, we learn this is what the Messiah will do. Jesus heals not only to help people but also to fulfill prophecy and prove who he is. Sad, isn’t it? God must prove things to us doubting, lowly humans.
The man’s friends were merely hoping for a healing of the body. Instead, Jesus gave them something infinitely more valuable: healing of his sins. Jesus forgave him first to show the world that his primary job on earth is to forgive the sins of people. Then comes healing of the body once the soul is healed.
Note how our thoughts and feelings matter to God. Although the religious leaders spoke not a word, they silently disapproved of Jesus in their hearts. God knows when we are just going through the motions or if we truly are committed to Him. He knows when we sin, even if it be only in the heart. He knows everything. Would we want it any other way?
Fun Fact: This is the first time the Bible records opposition to Jesus.