Why does Jesus heal?
Mark 2:1-12
The greater purpose of physical healings
Published April 11th, 2019
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Main point summary
1) The paralytic was forgiven and healed because of his friends' faith. Is my faith bringing people to Jesus where they can be forgiven and healed? 2) We might be tempted to view a manifestation of healing as the greatest example of Jesus' authority. However, Jesus healed to show that he has the authority to forgive sins. Miraculous healing is not an end in itself but serves as an on-ramp to open peoples' hearts to receive Jesus as Lord.
Main point summary
Jesus first forgives a paralytic then heals him to prove he has the authority to forgive sins.
Mark 2:1-12
And when he returned to t Capernaum after some days,
it was reported that he was at home.
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.
u And they came,
bringing to him a paralytic
carried by four men.
And when they could not get near him because of the crowd,
v they removed the roof above him,
and when they had made an opening,
they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.
And when Jesus w saw their faith,
he said to the paralytic,
“Son, x your sins are forgiven.”
Now some of the scribes were sitting there,
questioning in their hearts,
“Why does this man speak like that?
y He is blaspheming!
z Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
And immediately Jesus, a perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves,
said to them,
“Why do you question these things in your hearts?
Which is easier,
to say to the paralytic,
‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say,
take up your bed
and walk’?
But that you may know
that b the Son of Man has authority on earth
to forgive sins”—
he said to the paralytic—
“I say to you,
pick up your bed,
and go home.”
And he rose
and immediately picked up his bed
and went out before them all,
so that they were all amazed
and c glorified God,
“We never saw anything like this!”
Jesus preaches the word to a large crowd at a home and he forgives a paralytic man lowered in by his friends through the roof because of their faith.
Since some of the scribes were questioning him in their hearts, Jesus says to them that it's easier to heal than forgive sins.
Jesus spoke to the paralytic to be healed and he was, and as a result, all were amazed and glorified God.
Jesus heals the paralytic to everyone's amazement to prove he can also forgive sins.
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