Saturday, April 23, 2011

Blended Gospels: Jesus Heals a Paralytic

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.

As he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, carried by four men. And they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus.

But finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, 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 to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven you."

And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question in their hearts, saying, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Why does this man speak like that? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

And immediately Jesus perceived their thoughts, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves. He answered them, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' 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 man who was paralyzed—"I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home."

And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on, went went out before them all and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, they were afraid, and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen extraordinary things today. We never saw anything like this!" They glorified God who had given such authority to men.

[Matthew 9:2-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26 ESV]

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