Up on the Roof

 

Mark 2:1-12 Easy-to-Read Version

Jesus Heals a Crippled Man
A few days later, Jesus came back to Capernaum. The news spread that he was back home. A large crowd gathered to hear him speak. The house was so full that there was no place to stand, not even outside the door.

 

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While Jesus was teaching, some people brought a paralyzed man to see him. He was being carried by four of them. But they could not get the man inside to Jesus because the house was so full of people. So they went to the roof above Jesus and made a hole in it. Then they lowered the mat with the paralyzed man on it.

 

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When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the paralyzed man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”

 

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Some of the teachers of the law were sitting there. They saw what Jesus did, and they said to themselves, “Why does this man say things like that? What an insult to God! No one but God can forgive sins.”

Jesus knew immediately what these teachers of the law were thinking. So he said to them, “Why do you have these questions in your minds? The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins. But how can I prove this to you? Maybe you are thinking it was easy for me to say to the crippled man, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ There’s no proof it really happened. But what if I say to the man, ‘Stand up. Take your mat and walk’? Then you will be able to see if I really have this power or not.”

 

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Immediately the paralyzed man stood up. He picked up his mat and walked out of the room. Everyone could see him. They were amazed and praised God. They said, “This is the most amazing thing we have ever seen!”

 

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I have always had difficulty with this story; but through studying His Word, and researching other sources, I believe.

The only place in the Bible that states that Jesus had a home was in Capernaum. Jesus was teaching at his home; on the ground floor of most homes was a single room; it could accommodate no more than fifty people, standing shoulder to shoulder. There was no room for anyone else to stand, move, or sit.

A crippled or some versions say a paralyzed man was carried to Jesus for healing. The four holding the man on a litter had faith that Jesus could help their friend.

Now, it is not known if the crippled man wanted to be carried to Jesus. He had little to say about it as he was bodily carried there; he had no way to move himself because of his paralysis.

It also must have been frightening for the cripple to see his friends pound a hole in Jesus’ roof intending to lower him into such a crowded room. He could have fallen from such a height; he could have been trampled; he could have been unceremoniously thrown outside. I can imagine he might also have been embarrassed by such a bold move on the part of his faith-filled friends.

I can imagine the sudden surprise of the followers in Jesus’ home to see the roof begin to crumble over their heads, followed by the ropes holding a man aloft on a litter.

All there began to realize what was going on and the cripple was gently guided down to the floor in front of Jesus.

Knowing there was no room for them in the room below, I can imagine the faith-filled hearts of his friends grew as they peered over the sides of the hole they had created in the roof.

Jesus, knowing there were Teachers of the Law present, was quite aware they were watching his every move, waiting for a chance to find fault with anything and everything Jesus did and said.

Jesus said to the cripple, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”  To this the Teachers of the Law balked that only God could forgive sins.

Jesus said to them that indeed there was no proof that Jesus healed the man just by saying “Your sins are forgiven.” So, Jesus told the man to take his mat and walk home, which he did.

Those present saw quite a miracle that day.

Up on the roof the four faithful men were surely celebrating their friend’s complete recovery!

Now my question has always been, why did Jesus say the man’s sins were forgiven. What had that poor man done to be guilty of sinning?

A thought came to me that perhaps the cripple’s lack of true, unwavering faith, could have been what had separated him from the power of God’s plan that he totally regain his health and mobility.

With that in mind, I can understand more clearly why more miracles are not witnessed daily; we simply don’t have the belief that produces trust and solid faith.

Lord, You know I have a mental disease; I am bipolar. I am told this chemical imbalance is incurable. However, there are medicines available, doctors and therapists who guide, and my own strength to carry me through what it takes daily to treat my symptoms.

I may be incurable, but I know You are and have been with me in every stage of my life, in every moment, through every need, and through every victory.

I tell my story to others. I write out our conversations. I dare to share my thoughts, questions, and fears.

I pray that I give You the Glory ALWAYS!

I thank You for every lesson You are teaching me through Your Word. May I be a good student and a faith-filled servant.  Amen

 

Yes, I wanna be well !

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