Wednesday, September 9, 2020


 When He entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported

that He was at home. So many people gathered together that there was
no more room, not even in the doorway, and He was speaking the word
to them. They came to Him bringing a paralytic, carried by four of them.
Since they were not able to bring Him to Jesus because of the crowd, they
removed the roof above Him, and after digging through it, they lowered
the mat on which the paralytic was lying. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the
paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” But some of the scribes were
sitting there, questioning in their hearts: “Why does He speak like this?
He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Right away Jesus
perceived in His spirit that they were thinking like this within themselves
and said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which
is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up,
take your mat, and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man
has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He told the paralytic— “I tell you:
get up, take your mat, and go home.” Immediately he got up, took the mat,
and went out in front of everyone. As a result, they were all astounded and
gave glory to God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Mark 2:1-12

There is so much to glean from this story in Mark. We see how this man was forgiven of his sins, how he was healed, how the scribes and pharisees doubted Jesus, and how Jesus was teaching and working miracles. But for today, let's take a different approach and look at the friends.

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