In today's account Jesus is back in his home and everyone is crowding in as he is teaching. What happens next is completely unexpected and deepens our understanding of faith. These daily postings are designed to help you abide in Jesus and for Groups as a three part guide when they meet.
What are you thankful for today?
What is overwhelming you right now?
Were you able to follow through with your step of action or share with someone since yesterday/last time?
Pray for those you are walking with to discover or grow inJesus, for the needs you are facing, and for the Holy Spirit to illuminate truth as you read.
And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
+ WHAT is happening in this passage and what do we learn? (say it in your own words or use these questions)
_ In vs. 1-2, what is the back story?
_ In vs. 3-4, what happens with four men?
_ In vs. 5, how does Jesus' respond to these men, why does he forgive the paralytic?
_ In vs. 6-7, how do the religious leaders respond to Jesus' extending forgiveness?
_in vs. 8-12, what does Jesus do in response and how does everyone else respond?
What is your definition of faith?
_ What is Jesus definition of faith in this passage?
+ HOW, does this passage convict you to confess sin and how does the grace of the gospel compel you to respond with action? (Discuss in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help)
+ WHO can you share this passage with today? (e.g., your family at dinner, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)