Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralysed Man
- Now after some days, when he returned to Capernaum, the news spread that he was at home.
- So many gathered that there was no longer any room, not even by the door, and he preached the word to them.
- Some people came bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them.
- When they were not able to bring him in because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Jesus. Then, after making an opening, they lowered the stretcher the paralysed man was lying on.
- When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralysed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
- Now some of the experts in the law were sitting there, turning these things over in their minds:
- “Why does this man speak this way? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
- Now immediately, when Jesus realized in his spirit that they were contemplating such thoughts, he said to them, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?
- Which is easier, to say to the paralysed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up, take your stretcher, and walk’?
- But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—he said to the paralysed man—
- “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.”
- And immediately the man stood up, took his stretcher, and went out in front of them all. They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Eating with Tax Collectors and Sinners
- Jesus went out again by the sea. The whole crowd came to him, and he taught them.
- As he went along, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax booth. “Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him.
- As Jesus was having a meal in Levi’s home, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.
- When the experts in the law and the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
- When Jesus heard this he said to them, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Updated on 2009-11-08 (r.97) by Andrew Fountain