The miracles of Jesus: “Your sins are forgiven”

Mark 2:1-12 HCSB When He entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that He was at home. 2 So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and He was speaking the message to them. 3 Then they came to Him bringing a paralytic, carried by four men. 4 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. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 But some of the scribes were sitting there, thinking to them-selves: 7 Why does He speak like this? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 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? 9 Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 10 But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” He told the paralytic, 11 “I tell you: get up, pick up your mat, and go home.” 12 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!”

Jesus had settled in Capernaum, and would travel to various areas around to teach, preach and work miracles of compassion. Matthew 4:13.

Magic and superstition were common in the life of the first century people. Perhaps it was a reaction to the Jewish belief of the coming King. Or as a result of abject poverty many plied the trade to survive.

There were several major differences between them and Jesus. First, many of the people involved were well known to suffer from genuine maladies. Second, He often sought verification from the temple priests. Third, the scribes & pharisees did not seem to dispute the miracles only the power from which they came. Fourth, the miracles were not an end unto themselves, only the means to teach, God’s word.

In all of the miracles of Jesus we see His compassion for the suffering. As Jesus could do many wonderful mira-cles why were they predominantly compassionate in nature.

The people surrounded the house in which Jesus was in. He was teaching them the word of God when four men carrying a paralytic man approached. There way barred, they went to the roof top, removed a portion of the roof lowered the man into to Jesus. Jesus noting their faith forgives the man of his sins. Note at this point his sins are forgiven but he remained paralyzed.

Here seems to be the jest of the story. The scribes took issue with the forgiveness of his sins. Jesus asks which is easier, saying your sins are forgiven or restoring the health of the man. Jesus heals the man he get up and shows all around the house this more wonderful and compassionate Savior.

The people all were astounded for they had never seen anything like this before.

Questions:

  1. From what Galilean town did Jesus begin preaching tours in the early days of His Ministry?
  2. Describe the scene when Jesus returned to His home/house.
  3. What was wrong with the man Jesus healed?
  4. Describe the obstacle the four men encountered.
  5. Describe how the four men gained access to Jesus.
  6. How did Jesus demonstrate He could remove sins?
  7. Why did the scribes become more interested in His claim to remove sin than heal?
  8. What modern day application can this Miracle of Jesus have for us today?