The Bible has many accounts where Jesus healed the sick and the afflicted.
And one of the most popular stories of healing is when Jesus healed the paralytic man.
The story of Jesus and the paralyzed man happens in the city of Capernaum where the apostles, Peter and Andrew, lived.
Here’s the story about the paralytic man as it’s found in the second chapter of Mark.
1 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!”
13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them.
(Mark 2 as found in the NIV)
View an excerpt from The Chosen, episode 6 of season 1, depicting this event.
Jesus was becoming well-known throughout the land because of his teachings and miracles. People sought him out more and more to receive the kind of help no one else could offer. He helped the blind to see, sick to heal, and in this case, the paralyzed to walk.
But what else can we learn about Jesus from this story?
Our words matter, but at the same time, they don’t cost us much.
It’s just as easy to say, “I like reading books,” as it is to say, “I can fly to the moon.”
Ultimately they’re just sounds that are strung together to help us convey concepts and ideas to other people. The only way words cost us is if the concepts we’re converting with our words offend or confuse the person who we’re speaking to.
When Jesus forgave the paralytic man of his sins, it offended a lot of people in the house. Though many were there to observe and learn, others were there to criticize and chastise hoping for their own miracles.
That’s because they believed that only God could forgive sins.
Jesus, knowing that the people took offense at him for forgiving the paralytic man’s sins, explained how anyone can say anything. He explained that it’s no more difficult to say, “your sins are forgiven” than it is to say “get up and walk.”
But when Jesus told the paralytic man to get up and walk, he immediately got up and walked.
The people who were offended by Jesus’s words probably realized that Christ’s words held power. They were more than just words. They were not empty. And if Jesus had the power to do the impossible and heal a paralytic man, maybe he actually did have the power to forgive people of their sins.
Jesus healed a countless number of people from a countless number of sicknesses.
But he also healed them spiritually by forgiving them of their sins. And that’s the most important healing. Jesus can help heal us of our sins as he did for the ancient people living in Capernaum.
If we just listen to his word, and do what he asks, we too can be healed. Experience the miracle of Jesus like never before. Watch The Chosen, and bring Christ more fully into your life.