In today’s scripture, Jesus Christ performed a miracle on a man who was desperate to be healed. He healed the paralytic man in Capernaum but the scribes were reasoning in their hearts why Jesus would blaspheme by saying He had the power to forgive sins. Who is He to forgive the sins for its only God that can they said. Jesus was however moved with the faith of the people who believed in him said Arise take up your bed and walk that you may know that the son of man has power on earth to forgive sins.
The people of Capernaum marveled and they said to themselves, we have never seen anything like this before and because they were moved by what they saw, the multitude went closer to Him and He preached to them.
As Jesus was passing by later, He taught the multitude, He saw the Levi’s son and they (Jesus and Disciples) dined in the Levi’s house, alongside the Tax collectors and sinners. When the scribes and Pharisees noticed this, they complained and asked why He ate and drank with sinners. When Jesus heard, He told them that those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. He said He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
In this race of Christianity, faith is a vital ingredient and we must at all times apply it in whatever and wherever we find ourselves. Our lives as Christians or believers should always point to Christ. We must show the world how Christ wants us to spend our lives on earth in preparedness for His kingdom. We should also know our mission is to preach the good news to the unsaved.
Lord, I pray that my love for you will never go weary and I seek for your grace to remain on track. I shall forever be victorious in every battle and trial. Men will observe my lifestyle and imitate the Christ-like steps in Jesus name.
Reading – Mark 2:1-22
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
2 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Manhas authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners
13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.
15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus Questioned About Fasting
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”
19 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.
21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.