1And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.2And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
3And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 4And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 9Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)11I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
Pastor Ben’s Commentary:
This is one of my favorite stories about Jesus. He is teaching in a house that is so full that people can’t get in. These 4 guys come in carrying their friend, who was handicap, to Jesus so that He could heal him. When they got to the house, there wasn’t a way to get in. These guys made a way to get their friend to Jesus. They literally tore through the roof and lowered their friend in. Jesus saw the faith of the guys who brought their friend to him, and because of their faith he forgave the man’s sins.
When the pharisees and scribes scoffed at the idea that Jesus could forgive sins, Jesus perceived their attitude. He basically implied that they should know that He can forgive sins (something you can’t see), but since they didn’t believe what they could see He showed them something to prove it. He showed them that He could heal the crippled man. Jesus commands, and the man is healed!
3 Things I Notice about this story:
- The friends had faith in Jesus.
They believed that Jesus could heal their friend.
- The friends brought their friend to Jesus against all odds.
They didn’t give up or give in. They didn’t stop at the first obstacle. They were creative, relentless and willing to sacrifice their reputation and money (they would have to fix the roof) to get their friend to Jesus.
- Jesus did for the man what his friends could not do.
The whole reason they did this is because they believed that Jesus could do something that no one else could do. Jesus came through for them.
My questions for today are…
Am I that kind of friend?
Do I have that kind of faith in Jesus? Would Jesus be pleased with my faith?
Am I sacrificial, creative, and relentless in getting my friends to Jesus?
Do I believe that Jesus is the real answer for those around me?
Tough questions…. But great to think about.
What do you think?