Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”
4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
When you’re holding the rope on something with weight on it, you have to work in unity with others. Jesus saw the faith of the rope-holders.
V. 2 Be of good cheer (“take heart”) - Jesus dealt with the emotional before he dealt with the spiritual. We need to deal with the shallow before we deal with the deep.
V. 3 ...some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” V.4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said… - Jesus always knows what we’re thinking.
V. 6 So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” - the man had to be lowered in through the roof but walked out after being healed. He didn’t leave the way he came. We are healed so we can help others.
V. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe… - everyone in the crowd didn’t fit in in the house. People who didn’t witness the healing still saw what God had done. Our healing can be a testimony to those who weren’t there when it happened.
1. When is a time you were part of a group working on something but everyone wasn’t cooperating with each other? How did it go?
2. How does that experience compare to a time that everyone worked well together and made something great happen?
3. When is a time you were a “rope-holder” for someone?
4. When is a time others were a “rope-holder” for you?
5. When things have been difficult for a long time, how does it affect your mindset?
6. When you are going through a difficult time, how does it feel when someone takes time to understand v. when someone tries to rush straight to the solution?
7. Since Jesus knows our thoughts, what can we do to make sure they please him?
8. How does our own pain and healing help us reach out to others who need Jesus?