SHOCK AND AWE: Mark 2:1-12

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SCRIPTURE

Mark 2:1-12
And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” 

BIG IDEA

The faith of the four men who carried their paralytic friend to Jesus is shocking. Though what is truly amazing in this scene is the reputation of Jesus—it lead these men to go to great lengths simply to get their friend near Him! 

When Jesus saw their faith He made two claims that blew the doors off the place, leaving people stunned. He claimed He could forgive sins and that He is in fact God when He said, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” The answer is no one. In order to prove to the people that He is God and thus had the authority to forgive sins, He looked at the paralytic and told him to get up and walk. Jesus’ words to the man did not return void—he was forgiven of his sins and then healed. 

Jesus first dealt with this man’s sin problem because that was his true need. Oftentimes we desperately want things that are not what we truly need and Jesus loves us enough to say, “No. I have seen your suffering and I’ll deal with that later. You’ve got to understand that what you’re wanting isn’t what you need. I’m committed to giving you the best for your joy and my glory. Will you trust me?” 

In Christ, we can be content in whatever situation we find ourselves, saying along with John Newton, “Everything is necessary that He sends; nothing is necessary that He withholds.” 

DISCUSSION

1. Have you ever been to an epic house party, packed to the brim with people? If so, what was going on there? What’s going on at Jesus’ epic house party in Mark 2? What does this tell us about what Jesus thinks is truly important? 

2. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Mark 2:1-12 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you? 

The faith of the four men who carried their paralytic friend to Jesus is shocking. Though what is truly amazing in this scene is the reputation of Jesus—it lead these men to go to great lengths simply to get their friend near Him!

3. Do you remember the illustration pastor Brett used in the sermon to show how Jesus is the truly amazing one in this scene? Do you agree? Why or why not?

4. Do you try and help people meet Jesus with the intensity of these four men? Why or why not? How can you “carry” people and “rips roofs off” to help others meet Jesus? 

When Jesus saw their faith He made two claims that blew the doors off the place, leaving people stunned. He claimed He could forgive sins and that He is in fact God when He said, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 

5. Why did the Scribes get upset when Jesus said he could forgive sins? What does this tell us about who Jesus claimed to be? 

Jesus loves us enough to say, “No. I have seen your suffering and I’ll deal with that later. You’ve got to understand that what you’re wanting isn’t what you need. I’m committed to giving you the best for your joy and my glory. Will you trust me?” 

6. What do you think was going through this paralytic’s mind when Jesus didn’t give him what he wanted? Do you think you are smarter, stronger, or more loving? Explain your answer.

7. How can this scene in Mark 2 help remind you that when Jesus is in control of your destiny, you can relax, even in the midst of confusing situations? 

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  • Friday, March 13th – Local blood drive, they will be set up in front of walmart from 11am-4pm.
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