Pastor Dan Mundt, our District Supervisor, spoke at the Journey. He spoke on Mark 2:1-12 and talked about intercession, identity, and forgiveness.
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 Man has 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!”
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion
- An “INTERCESSOR” is someone who intervenes on behalf of someone else, usually in prayer. The men that put the paralyzed man through the roof did whatever they could to get him in front of Jesus. Do you consider yourself an intercessor? Is there someone in your life you should be bringing before Jesus?
- Has anyone done this for you in your own life? What did that mean to you?
- This passage is the only one in scripture when Jesus calls someone “son”. This man was automatically shamed in this community, because of his situation, but Jesus claimed him. How does this make you feel? What does this mean for us?
- Jesus forgave the sins of the man before he healed him. Why is this significant?
- The idea of forgiveness is such a challenging one. But Jesus asks us to forgive as he forgives us. Is there someone in your life you need to forgive in order for your life to be healed?