Feb. 2. Jesus Forgives and Heals A Paralytic

Mt. 9:2-8; Mk. 2:1-12; Lk. 5:17-26

After some days, maybe a few weeks, Jesus returned to Capernaum from the wilderness. He was teaching in a house with a large crowd inside and outside. The house had a tile roof.

Four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. When they realized they could not get into the house, they climbed up on the roof and removed some of the tiles and let the paralytic man down before Jesus. When He saw their faith, He said, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

There were some Pharisees and scribes sitting nearby. Scribes were writers and teachers of the law, which was both civil and religious. They not only copied the law, but they often interpreted it as well.

When these men heard Jesus speak to the paralytic man, they began to think, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Blasphemy would be charged against Him years later.

Jesus read their thoughts and said to the paralyzed man, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

One can make some interesting observations from this event. These men saw the urgency of today; as now is always the day of salvation. Jesus has time for us and we should not underestimate His power.