Mark 2:1-12 ESV:
“A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
This begins a series of 5 situations that Mark tells us about that really hang as a whole. Jesus is going to be challenged and questioned over and over. He is NOT what the Pharisees, teachers of the law, scribes, etc, are expecting. In the next chapter it works to the feverish pitch of them accusing him of doing his work by the power of the devil.
But here it starts simply enough. They have trouble with him forgiving sins.
And so he questions them back about their unspoken question and accusation of blasphemy. But they haven’t been thinking hard, either about who the Messiah would be (see Isaiah 9:7 for starters), or about what Jesus has already been doing (healing people and casting out demons).
And so he asks them a question which I think is meant for them, not him. Why ARE they thinking these things? If he can heal and control demons then… If the Messiah is to be called Mighty God then… what did they expect?
So he does a healing directly in reply to this. “You see, I do have authority to forgive because I am. I am Messiah. I am the Son of Man (who will come on the clouds). I am who I am. Before Abraham was born, I am. I am your creator. I am the Son of the Living God.” On it goes.
- What questions rise in your heart about Jesus or God that he is probably replying back, “Why are you thinking these things?”
- Do you know why you feel or think what you do about God? Does he not fit your view of what God should be like? Does He say or do things you don’t care for?
- Is Jesus not what you had hoped for in a Messiah? Is he too unorthodox of a Messiah for you? Too outlandish in what he does?
- Jesus can forgive your sins, just like this man. Believe the good news that He has died in your place and been raised from the dead and is alive now. He has taken your guilt away and reconciled you to the Father through His death and resurrection. All you need to do is put your faith in Jesus and what He has done for you. Don’t let anything get in your way; turn from anything holding you back. Dig through the roof of whatever would keep you from Jesus. He want to save and make you His child. Like this man, he wants to call you son, he wants to call you daughter.