Mark 2:1-12 is awesome; it’s my favorite healing by Jesus. There’s so much we get to observe about Him in this passage:
Even on a day at home Jesus is speaking the gospel message.
Jesus is more concerned with forgiving sin than healing our physical diseases, but does both.
When we come to him, he sees our greatest need and cares for that.
He cannot ignore our brokenness.
Jesus is quick to act yet always deliberate. He is eager, yet never hasty.
He graciously gives us more than we could ever hope or dream to receive.
He has empathy for the humble.
He is opposed to the proud.
Jesus is displayed as God.
He reads men’s hearts, no inner thought is hidden from Him.
He has absolute power (and authority) over our infirmities.
He responds to human faith (no one who comes to Him will be cast out).
Working hard for the needs of our friends will often lead to Jesus meeting their needs. The four friends’ exertions for their friend paid off.
Take a break and read Mark 2:1-12 today:
“When He entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that He was at home. So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and He was speaking the message to them. Then they came to Him bringing a paralytic, carried by four men. Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above where He was. And when they had broken through, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
But some of the scribes were sitting there, thinking to themselves: “Why does He speak like this? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone? ”
Right away Jesus understood in His spirit that they were thinking like this within themselves and said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” He told the paralytic, “I tell you: get up, pick up your mat, and go home.”
Immediately he got up, picked up the mat, and went out in front of everyone. As a result, they were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this! ””
Mark 2:1-12 HCSB