Forgiveness: The Only Healing That Matters (Mark 2:1-12)

And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

- Mark 2:1-12
Sermon Title
5 Pharisee Events
Identity of Jesus

 

As Jesus has continued the beginning of His ministry over the last chapter, His identity has slowly been unraveling to the world. Not only was he preaching the word with authority, He was healing many who were physically sick. Until this point, the Gospel of Mark does not The revealing of Jesus identity to the world has been revealed like this.

1. “There is one mightier than I” -John the Baptist
2. “This is My Beloved Son” -God the Father
3. “I know who you are, The Holy One of God” -Demon Spirit
4. “The Son of Man has authority to forgive sins” -Jesus

Though Jesus was extremely popular and had done many wonderful things, he hadn’t done or said anything that is recorded in the Gospels that has rubbed the Pharisees the wrong way. However, this is the first of 5 encounters with the scribes and Pharisees that Jesus has that causes them to conspire to kill Jesus.

1. Jesus Heals a Paralytic
2. Jesus Calls Levi (Tax Collector)
3. Jesus Clarifies Fasting
4. Jesus & Disciples Eat on the Sabbath
5. Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

This is the point where Jesus really starts to challenge the system of the Pharisees and of Jerusalem at the time. The interesting thing to note is that the Pharisees take more issue with what Jesus is DOING rather than what he is TEACHING

As we look at the scripture today, I want to hone in on two aspects of this text. First of all is the Faith of the men and then the Forgiveness that is granted to the paralytic.

1. The Return

And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.

- Mark 2:1-2

Jesus was previously forced to minister in the wilderness and desolate places because of the leper that he had healed previously in chapter 1. Jesus charged the man to not tell anyone, but the healed man disobeyed Jesus and told everyone what had happened, further increasing Jesus’ fame. After Jesus had ministered in desolate places, he returns to Capernaum and comes “home” which I would guess would be Peter’s house, the same house that Jesus had healed Peter’s mother in-law and the same house where all of Capernaum came to after Jesus had driven the demon from the man in the Synagogue. Once Jesus returns to this house, people again flock this house in order to hear Jesus teach. There were so many people that you could not even enter the house. This is not “No moe chairs”, this is “Door is blocked”, fire code is being broken at this point. Jesus is preaching to them the word of God.

1. Faith

2. The Fuel

And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.

The Bible says that 4 men carried a paralytic to be placed near Jesus. It didn’t say that they couldn’t hear Jesus but that they couldn’t get close enough to him.The Bible doesn’t say they were the man’s friends.Though there was a seeming obstacle to these men, this did not stop them from getting what they came for. They were determined by faith to get this man to Jesus.

-They may have gone up stairs if there were any
-If not. . . they would have had to lift him onto the roof.
-Rip open the roof

They tore someone’s roof out to get this man to Jesus! They didn’t let the situation that was before them and the obstacles deter them from getting inside. They were determined!

Are you that determined in your faith?

Will you do whatever it takes to get to Jesus?
-Go to church services
-Signing up for Bible studies
-Reading your Bible
-Praying for the lost
-Seeking him

What does God have for us if we would only have the faith to push through, to break through?

Will you do whatever it takes to get others to Jesus?
-Hand out Gospel tracts
-Tell people about Jesus (Dog Lady)
-Invite people to church
-Husbands/Wifes. . .pray for your spouses. (what are you doing?) Theresa Coombs
-Parents. . .pray for your kids.
We desperately want our family to follow Jesus but does our actions back up that desire?

Are we believing in God for big things and then coming up short in action?
Are we modeling Christ and a Christian life to our kids?
What you put your faith in is most likely what your family/kids will put their faith in.

It took faith and action on the whole group to get the man to Jesus! ARE WE DOING WHATEVER WE CAN TO GET OTHERS TO JESUS? Faith Fuels Action! There was nothing that was going to stop these men from getting this paralytic to Jesus!

3. The Fruit

And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.

- Mark 2:5

The result and fruit of faith was the forgiveness of sins.

And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

- Genesis 15:6

-Who’s faith forgave the sins?

-By Grace we have been saved through FAITH. The faith had to include the paralytic. Why forgiveness?? That’s weird! Jesus gave the man the ONLY HEALING THAT MATTERS. We so often desire the physical healing over the spiritual healing. We ask God to fix the OUTWARD instead of the INWARD. Rather be healed of our sickness, situation, infirmity, trial than be internally healed. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. . . .Jesus is much more concered with the inward healing than the outward. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. That’s reverse healing.

-When the root is healed, so is the fruit. When our soul is made right with God. everything else falls in line.

Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

- Mark 2:6-12

This is the 1st thing that finally gets under the skin the Pharisees and their system. This is the 1st claim Jesus makes to being God.
Who are you standing in the gap for?
Who are you willing to pick up to get them to the Lord?

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