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The healing of the paralytic in Capernaum

This healing miracle of Jesus occurred in Capernaum which appeared to have become the headquarters of his ministry.

While in Capernaum, Jesus was preaching in an enclosed place, full to the brim with people who had gathered to listen to him. The large crowd that had gathered had blocked the entrance to the place. It was therefore nearly impossible for people to easily enter anymore.

Four friends had brought a man, their friend who was paralyzed to Jesus to be healed. When they got there, there was no way they could enter the presence of Jesus through the entrance door. The four friends, desperately needing to get a healing for their friend, climbed onto the roof of the house, removed part of the roofing material and lowered their paralytic friend on a cloth, each holding each of the four corners of the cloth, right in front of Jesus.

Jesus was moved by the faith that drove these four friends to go that extra mile to get a healing for their friend. When Jesus opened his mouth, he told the paralytic “My son, your sins are forgiven.” The Scribes who were among the people were angry because they felt Jesus did not have the power to forgive sins. They believed he had blasphemed.

Jesus perceived in his heart what they were thinking. He said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? In order to show them that the Son of Man has the power to forgive sins, Jesus told the paralytic to “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” Immediately, the paralytic became healed. He rose up and walked.

When the crowd saw this, they were afraid. They glorified God for giving such authority to men.

1. One of the ways God is still performing miracles is that people’s lifestyle is being changed from thieves and armed-robbery etc., to committed Christians just by listening to the word of God.
2. God is also performing miracles through the healing that people receive in the hands of nurses and doctors in various medical facilities.
3. Also people are being healed in many churches through the power of God.

1. Account for the healing of the paralytic in the city of Capernaum.

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