Mark 2: 1-12

 

 

A few days later Jesus went back to Capernaum, and the news spread that he was at home.  So many people came together that there was no room left, not even out in front of the door.  Jesus was preaching the message to them when four men arrived, carrying a paralyzed man to Jesus.  Because of the crowd, however, they could not get the man to him.  So they made a hole in the roof right above the place where Jesus was.  When they had made an opening, they let the man down, lying on his mat.  Seeing how much faith they had, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”

Some teachers of the Law who were sitting there thought to themselves.  “How does he dare talk like this?  This is blasphemy! God is the only one who can forgive sins!”

At once Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he said to them, “Why do you think such things?  Is it easier to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’?

I will prove to you, then, that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”  So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

While they all watched, the man got up, picked up his mat, and hurried away.  They were all completely amazed and paralyzed God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
 

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