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Luke 5:17-26

The Word of God

One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting nearby (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. Just then some men came, carrying a paralysed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, 'Friend, your sins are forgiven you.'

Luke 5:17-26
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    • Jesus is the newly arrived kingdom, personified in his very self. Not only has he power to cure the paralysed man, he also lays claim to forgive the man’s sins - and this requires nothing less than God’s own power.
    • “We have seen strange things today”, say the onlookers. Nothing had prepared them for this.
    • But this precisely is what our Advent Season is about - we are commemorating the first coming of a Saviour Lord, and we are also preparing a welcome for this Saviour Lord in our own hearts, and in the world of today.
    • The lame will leap like a deer and the tongues of the dumb will sing for joy, prophesied Isaiah. Nature itself too will be renewed, with water gushing in the desert. No less will the people be joyful of heart…the whole world is poised for a make-over.
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    • What an interesting, colourful, humorous and yet life-changing scene! The man’s friends are not easily put off. They use team effort and creativity to ensure that their paralysed friend meets Jesus. An encounter happens that heals not only his body but frees him from the paralysis of sin.
    • Lord, forgiveness is a pressing need for all. Help me to do all I can to bring people to meet you and know your healing forgiveness in their lives. But let me do it sensitively!
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    • In this miracle, Jesus performs both a spiritual and a physical healing. Am I a spiritual paralytic? What is crippling me in following Jesus?
    • Without the help of his four determined friends, the paralytic could never have made his way to Jesus to be healed. How might I help a friend find healing in Christ?
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    • The patient is not stretchered on the corridor, as sometimes happens in our hospitals, but lowered through the roof, a helpless paralytic.
    • Lord, you do not want us to be helpless, immobile, or dependent on others for our every movement. You give us energy and dynamism, tell us to rise, take up our bed, and walk. You give us life, and more abundantly than before. No room for self-pity or learned helplessness. You ask each of us to take charge of our own life.
    • Only God can forgive sin. That is why the scribes and Pharisees thought that Jesus was speaking blasphemy. The Pharisees and scribes did not miss the implication of Jesus' action: he was implying that God's power to heal and forgive sin was made manifest in his own words and deeds.
    • Not only did Jesus forgive sin, he gave his apostles the power to do the same. Where can I find that power at work today?
    • When I come to pray, I do not come alone. I bring before Jesus all those people whose needs I know, all those for whom I have hopes. I lay them before Jesus so that they may receive the help and healing they need.
    • Jesus speaks forgiveness to me. I receive the healing that he offers and ask to understand the new life that Jesus has in mind for me.