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Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
2 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!”
Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners
13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.
15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus Questioned About Fasting
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”
19 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.
21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest,he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
Jesus was teaching inside a house which was overflowing with people. The crowd outside was trying to get near enough to hear Him. At that time, four men came carrying a paralyzed man. Since they could not get through the door of the house, they took him on the roof, dug a hole in the roof and lowered him in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” The Scribes who heard this, reasoned in their hearts - “He blasphemies. God alone can forgive sins.” But, Jesus perceiving in His spirit what they reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Which is easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’, so you may know the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins.”
As Jesus was walking by the Tax Collector, He looked at him and said, "Follow Me.” When He was dining at that Tax Collector’s house, He was criticized by the religious who were watching Him to find fault with Him. His response to them was, “Those who are well have no need for a physician, but those who are sick.”
Also, Jesus was questioned as to why His disciples weren’t fasting. He replied to them saying, “While the bridegroom is with them they don’t need to fast; but when he is taken away, then they can fast.”
Jesus said, “No one puts a new cloth on an old garment, nor do they put new wine in old wineskins.”
It was a Sabbath and Jesus and His disciples were walking through a grain field, and because they were hungry, they plucked off heads of grain to eat. Looking at them, the Pharisees asked,“Why do you do what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” Jesus replied, “Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also the Lord of the Sabbath.”
Why were the Scribes and Pharisees following Jesus?
Do you think Jesus was referring to Himself as a Physician and Bridegroom? Why?
Why do you think Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man, while others referred to Him as the Son of God?
“Sabbath was made for man” - what does this statement mean to you? What does it mean to say “Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath”?
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