Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
A few days later, Jesus came back to Capernaum. The news spread that he was home.
So many people gathered to hear him preach that the house was full. There was no place to stand, not even outside the door. Jesus was teaching them.
Some people came, bringing a paralyzed man to Jesus. Four of them were carrying the paralyzed man.
But they could not get to Jesus because of the crowd. So they went to the roof above Jesus and made a hole in the roof. Then they lowered the mat with the paralyzed man on it.
Jesus saw that these men had great faith. So he said to the paralyzed man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”
Some of the teachers of the law were sitting there. They saw what Jesus did, and they said to themselves,
“Why does this man say things like that? He is saying things that are against God. Only God can forgive sins.”
At once Jesus knew what these teachers of the law were thinking. So he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
Which is easier: to tell this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to tell him, ‘Stand up. Take your mat and walk’?
But I will prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So Jesus said to the paralyzed man,
“I tell you, stand up. Take your mat and go home.”
Immediately the paralyzed man stood up. He took his mat and walked out while everyone was watching him. The people were amazed and praised God. They said, “We have never seen anything like this!”