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About-Him Devotional 05-03-03
The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the gospels

70: The Paralytic Healed
Mt: 9:2-8; Lu. 5:17-26
Luke 5:20  And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
Among the crowds who had come to see Jesus were Pharisees and doctors of the law from all parts of the country. They had been sent by the religious leaders to first  observe and then question anyone who might possibly be the Messiah.  They had done this with John the Baptist  (John 1:22) and now they were looking at Jesus.
As Jesus was preaching in a house in Capernaum, four men came carrying a stretcher with a man sick of the palsy. They couldn't get in the door, so they simply tore off the roof and lowered the man down to Jesus.  When Jesus saw their faith, He said, "Son, thy sins be forgiven thee." This upset the observing scribes and Pharisees. They correctly reasoned that only God could forgive sin. Thus they considered it blasphemy that Jesus was claiming to be God.
Luke 5:24    But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
Jesus told them that it was easier to say, "Thy sins be forgiven." Obviously this would require no visible proof. However to proof that He had the power and authority to forgive sins, He told the sick man, "Arise, take up your bed and go home."
All the assembled people were amazed and glorified God saying, "We have seen strange things today.
Conclusion and Application.
The religious leaders were correct in their observing and questioning. Their problem was not in the questioning, it was their unbelief. We also must judge what we hear (I Corinthians 10:15, 14:29), prove all things (I Thessalonians 5:21), know those who labor among us (I Thessalonians 5:12), and judge as another speaks (I Corinthians 14:29).   The Lord does not want us to be gullible blind sheep. He has given us  the Holy Ghost which gives us the ability to know when what we hear violates His Word (John 14:26). We also must respond and give Him glory when what we hear is directed by His Spirit and lines up with His word.
Jesus responded to "Their faith." Perhaps the sick man was in such a condition that his faith was weak or non-existent.  We need to have faith for those among us in like condition.
Jesus also forgave the man's sin. Sickness and disease are often, not always, the result of sin (James 5:14-15). The blood of Jesus covers both (Isaiah 53).
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The entire congregation came out to hear the preacher's first sermon. It lasted eight minutes. The next Sunday the preacher's sermon was forty-five minutes. His third sermon was two and a half hours.
The pulpit committee called the preacher in and said, "What is happening here?"
The preacher replied, "Well, on the first Sunday I had just had all of my teeth pulled. My mouth was sore, so my sermon was short. The next week, I had my new dentures and I was feeling fine."
The committee leader said, "But your third sermon was two and a half hours long!"
"Oh, yes," the preacher responded. "The third week, I picked up my wife's dentures by mistake."
  Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. - Jesus Christ
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