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Jun 06, 2021

Jesus and the Paralytic

Jesus and the Paralytic

Passage: Matthew 9:1-8

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

As the demands of Jesus’ healing ministry continue to grow, so does the opposition against Him. This will be a major theme in chapter 9. The direct application for us is we must be faithful in serving God no matter who stands in our way. After healing the two demon possessed men Jesus and His disciples return to Capernaum for some much-needed rest. However, it won’t last long. Within a few days the crowds begin to gather around the house leaving no room for anyone to walk in (Mk. 2:1 – 2). This does not stop the men that have brought their paralyzed friend to be healed by Jesus. Because they cannot come through the door, they cut open the roof and lower him into the presence of the Lord (Mk. 2:4). When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic lying before Him “take heart my son; your sins are forgiven” (v. 2). We are reminded once again that faith is what God requires if we are going to approach Him. The author of Hebrews tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Heb. 11:6). The paralytic’s first reward is that his sins are now forgiven by the Son of Man. Hearing this, the scribes inwardly say to themselves that Jesus is speaking blasphemy for only God can forgive sins. Knowing their thoughts Jesus addresses them directly “for which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? As the scribes stand there speechless, Jesus is going to show them that He has authority from heaven. In a matter of moments, the paralyzed man receives his second reward and is physically healed by eight words, “rise, pick up your bed and go home.” Matthew ends this healing by focusing on the response of the crowd who were afraid of Jesus' power and yet they glorified God at the same time. This miracle was done before them to show that God was genuinely in their presence and that Jesus was not simply some “miracle worker” looking to draw a crowd. Jesus' words backed up His actions, not only did he claim to be the Son of Man, but He proved it. We too bear Christ’s holy name, but ask yourself the question, “do my actions match my words?”