Mark 2:1–12 (ESV)
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 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. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic
carried by four men. 4 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. 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,
“Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 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? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and
walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 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!”
Chapter 1 took off like a race car. Today, we begin chapter 2.
Today’s scene seems like it comes straight out of the movie Tommy (1975), aka The Pinball Wizard. Well, it is, but it isn’t. It is the other way around. If you knew your Bible and watched the movie, you would have noticed that
in a sick way, Elton John (The Pinball Wizard) takes on the role of the Messiah and is healing people. The scene is directly based on today’s text. I do NOT endorse the movie and feel like there is a demonic force behind it. I thought
the movie was blasphemous. Never-the-less, today’s reading is very real. Four men bring a paralytic man on a mat or stretcher. They can’t get to Jesus, so they go onto the roof and make a hole in the roof. They lower the
man down to Jesus. This issue has nothing to do with Tommy, but the issue that comes up is “Does Jesus have the authority to forgive sins?” Deeper down, is Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God? Jesus answers the question
in an interesting way. Jesus says “9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth
to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” Instead of answering their question directly, he answers them indirectly by healing the man. If Jesus can truly
heal the man, then he has to be the Son of God.
I pray: O Lord, you are my Lord and Savior. I know that you are the Messiah, the Savior of the World. I know your plan of Salvation to save
sinners like me. I repent of my sins and I want to do better. I give thanks for your life, death and resurrection for my sins. You are the resurrected Lord. Amen.