Gospel Meditation # 176 Jesus Heals a Paralytic Mark 2:1-12


The Gospel of Mark

Jesus heals a Paralytic — Mark 2:1-12

  1. Find a quiet place without distractions.
  2. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace.
  3. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer
  4. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
  5. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
  6. Reread it. From memory, determine the central points.
  7. Jesus at home, question is, His or Peter’s.
  8. Whenever healing is reported, crowds gather.
  9. Jesus was preaching, not healing however.
  10. Four guys had a dear friend they wanted to bring to Jesus.
  11. With great boldness they did something unusual, they took apart a roof and lowered their friend down to Jesus.
  12. Jesus’ response: “My son, your sins are forgiven.” Let it be noted that the Greek simply has teknon meaning child.
  13. Scribes, doctors of the Law, saw Jesus’ statement as blasphemy as they knew only God can forgive sin, this only by means of a proper sacrifice.
  14. Jesus knew what was in their hearts, possibly by means of the charismatic gift of knowledge. (see 1 Cor. 12:8)
  15. Jesus wanted the scribes to know that what He said was true by healing the paralytic completely.
  16. To bring the point home, He asked which was easier – to forgive or heal. Of course, the idea is, well it is fine to forgive sins but that was an empty gesture at minimum.
  17. The man who could not walk did and also lugged his mattress home with him — no other proof needed.
  18. For sure, no one had ever seen anything like it. The point, the lesson, Jesus had in mind was that He was far more than a healer, He had authority, there and then, to forgive sin.


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