Bible Study Lesson
Mark 2: 1-12
Q. The passage starts with Jesus entering Capernaum again. So, What did Jesus do on his first visit to Capernaum?
- Preached in the synagogue. (Mark 1: 21-34)
- Healed many sick and diseased. (Jesus heals the Leper, Jesus heals at Pool of Bethesda)
- Drove out demons from demon-possessed.
- The whole town was gathered to see Jesus. (Mark 1: 32-34)
- Jesus was very well known, he was a famous Rabbi. So, when people heard that Jesus was in town again (Mark 2: 1), there was such a huge crowd that there was no room in the house.
Q. What was the scene at the house?
- The house was full of people, there was not room even outside the door!
- People must have brought many sick, demon possessed, expecting Jesus to heal them.
- Scribes (Teachers of the Law) were present there to test him or check him.
- Jesus was preaching the word of God to them.
Q. Who do you think, were these four men? What was their motive?
- They could be friends, relatives or family members to the Paralytic man.
- They wanted their friend to be healed.
- The Paralytic man’s situation seemed to be very critical from the urgency or extreme measures which they took.
Q. Visualize their conversation, when they saw that there was no room. Imagine yourself into that situation.
- They must be disappointed at first. They might have said to themselves,
- “Well, we did our party by bringing him here” or
- “We will come early next time Jesus is in the town.”
- “Let’s wait here for Jesus to come out.”
Q. What do you think about their decision?
- Now or never! They were willing to take extreme measures.
- It was tough, difficult and quite strange decision. (After all, they decided to open the roof of somebody’s house, it wasn’t their house.)
- The paralytic man must have agreed to be lowered down on mat from the roof.
Q. Visualize the setting in the house.
- Jesus was preaching to the crowd.
- Everyone was listening. And suddenly, there was a noise on the roof.
- And before, anybody could realize what was happening, there was a man lowered down from the roof by four men! Quite an attention grabber!
- (You can do some research on the location of the house roof. )
Q. What can be inferred form these four men’s action?
- They knew about his friend’s desperate need.
- They showed amazing faith.
- The paralytic man on his part, showed amazing trust in his friends.
- They did not give up.
- They were sure that if somehow if they can make him meet Jesus, he would be healed.
Q. What do you think about Jesus’ reply, “Son, your sins are forgiven”?
- Jesus healed him spiritually first!
- The paralytic man received more than he would have expected.
Q. What was Jesus claiming to be? What did Scribes think?
- Jesus claimed that he had an authority and power to forgive one’s sins.
- Only God can forgive sins, So he was claiming to be equal to God.
- Jesus announced his forgiveness in front of the crowd. Compare it with Luke 7:48.
- He was clearly claiming his divinity.
- There was a popular opinion at that time that disease is the effect of the sin
Q. What do you think is easier, ‘your sins are forgiven’ or ‘get up, take your mat and walk’?
- It may be easier to say that your sins are forgiven, because you don’t see the results. It is internal in nature. You cannot see a visible change.
- But to say to the paralytic man, get up and walk, he must be healed, you can see the physical change and result.
- I am still wondering what Jesus meant by this question. But one thing is clear, he proved his claim to have power to forgive sins, by healing him physically as well.
Jesus showed his divinity
- By reading thoughts of teachers of the law.
- By forgiving sins of the paralytic man.
- By healing him.
It is fascinating to see the faith of those four men and their actions. They were willing to bring his friend to Jesus at any cost. I think, as a christian, we often bring our friends (who do not know Jesus) very close to Jesus. But the last step of bringing him to Jesus, needs faith and courage. It requires extreme measures. Are we willing to take that risk and do something which may seem awkward, strange and often risky?
We often forget about the paralytic man, who was mostly silent in the whole episode. But none of these could have possible without his mutual consent. He was also willing to risk his life to see Jesus. He received more than he expected. He received spiritual and physical healing.
Are you willing to take extreme measures to meet Jesus?
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