Impossible Questions

A group of men brought their paralyzed friend to the house where Jesus was teaching. Except they couldn’t get their friend to Jesus because of the large crowd of people that was spilling out onto the street. It seemed as if everyone in the entire region was there to hear him teach.

Not to be deterred, the men carried their friend up onto the roof and proceed to break through. Once they had made a large enough hole, they lowered their friend, on his mat, right in front of Jesus.

Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

This really upset some of the religious leaders who were in the room. Many of them were thinking, ’What does this Jesus think he is doing? This kind of talk is blasphemy, an offense against the Most High! Only God can forgive sins.’

But Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them this question: “Tell me, is it easier to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to tell him, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk?’ Nevertheless, I will show you that the Son of Man has been given the authority on earth to forgive sins.”

Turning to the man on the floor before him, Jesus said, “Get up, pick up your mat, and go home.”

So the man stood up, rolled up his mat and walked right out through the stunned crowd. Those who had seen what had happened were amazed and they praised God. Many exclaimed, “We have never seen anything like this before!”


Take a moment to reflect on the story you have just read.
(sometimes it is helpful to read it again, slowly)

*Was there something in this story that you discovered—or thought about—for the first time?
*As you think about the story, what questions do you have? What do you wonder about?
*How might this story change your perspective / beliefs / behaviors?

I would love to hear what you are discovering as you think through these questions.
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