DAY 4: Mark 2.1-12

And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.

Jesus was really popular and He loved to explain to people about living for God and His kingdom.

Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. 

People trusted Jesus to help them even with impossible situations.

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” 

Jesus knows what is going on inside our hearts, our thoughts, our minds: we can’t hide anything from Him. We can’t trick Him into thinking we are something or someone we aren’t. He knows what is really going on inside of us.

And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” 

Jesus wanted to show them that He was God and could forgive people the bad things they do. He proved that He could bring forgiveness (heal internal things that you can’t see) by showing an external healing that everyone could see. We are often more interested in the outward things that worry us, but Jesus is much more interested in the inside/secret things within us that make us the kind of person that we are. Here we also see that Jesus can forgive us for everything that we have ever done wrong, just with one simple word! The man did not need to do lots of good deeds to earn Jesus’ forgiveness. Jesus just gave it to him as a loving free gift!

Prayer suggestions: 

  • Ask Jesus to help you to trust that He can help you with your situation.
  • Ask Jesus to help you to know if He really is a God who can forgive sins
  • Ask Jesus to help you understand that you don’t have to do special religious acts to earn His forgiveness

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