Jesus Heals a Paralytic

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Jesus Heals a Paralytic

Jesus heals a paralyticOnce, when Jesus was teaching in Capernaum, He was surrounded by many people who came from different places to see Him.  Among them were Pharisees, educated religious leaders who strictly followed Moses’ law.  Pharisees did not believe in Jesus.

Some men brought their paralyzed friend on a bed.  They wanted to ask Jesus to heal him.  But there was such a multitude of people that they could not take their friend through the door.  ... they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.  And when He saw their faith He said, “Man, your sins are forgiven to you.” (Luke 5:19-20)

When the Pharisees heard that, they began to question, “Who can forgive sins but God only?” (5:21)  Jesus told them that the Son of Мan has the power to forgive sin.  Then He said to the paralyzed man. “I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home.”  And immediately he rose before them, and took up that on which he lay, and went home, glorifying God.  (5:24-25)

Everyone who saw the miracle was amazed.  People started praising God saying, “We have seen strange things today.” (5:26)