Daily Devotional Friday 14th August 2020

by William Moody

Mark 2:1–12

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

2:1 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’? 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!”

(ESV)

As people flocked to see Jesus, we see that His priority was to preach God’s Word to them (v2). Through the teaching of scripture people’s greatest needs are met.

The persistence here of the paralysed man’s friends is to be commended (v3-4). How persistent are you in bringing others to Christ in prayer to have their needs met? Jesus acts here as He saw the faith of the friends (v5). He doesn’t act though as they would have expected.

Jesus sees the priority of meeting spiritual needs before physical needs. Being right with God is more important than have a right body. We will never understand God’s dealings with us or others, if we don’t realise that He has this priority of our souls over our bodies.

Jesus goes on to heal the paralysed man (v6-12), no doubt out of love and compassion, but also to prove to the skeptical scribes and to others that He is the Son of God, the One who alone has authority to forgive sin. The people were amazed at this miracle (v12), but equally amazing was the miracle of forgiveness. Have you experienced this?

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