Today’s story can be found in Matt 9, Mark 2, and Luke 5 of the Bible.
This is one of the miracles Jesus did. A miracle is something that shouldn’t be able to happen, but God makes it happen, because God can do anything!
Jesus was very popular by now and one evening, He was teaching in a house and lots of sick people were coming to listen and so He could make them better.
There was one man who couldn’t walk at all. His friends brought him on a bed…and tried to get in the house. “Excuse us…excuse me…can we get him to Jesus please? Excuse us!”
“There’s no room. You’ll never fit!”
So the man’s friends came up with a new idea. They climbed up to the roof and lowered the man’s bed down into Jesus. What a surprise that must have been?!
Do you know what Jesus said? He said, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Sins? They had come so their friend could walk again!
Some Pharisees were there too. If you remember, the Pharisees were some leaders in the church and they thought they were SOOOOO much better than everyone else…but they actually weren’t very good at loving people like they were supposed to. They knew LOTS ABOUT God, but they didn’t really love Him.
So they were thinking, “Sins? Only God can forgive sins (the bad things we do). Does this guy think He’s God?”
Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that I have the power to forgive sins!” Then He said to the man, “Ok, get up, take your bed and go home.”
Right away, the man got up and he could walk! He was praising God all the way home!
The friends KNEW Jesus could help the man, but they just thought He would heal his legs. Jesus really came to earth though to save our hearts. He can do ANYTHING (since He’s God’s son), so He could heal the man’s legs. But, MORE importantly, He could forgive any bad choices the man had ever made.
We found this video posted by RodTheNey. (The characters are a bit funky looking, but it does tell the story well.)
There is also this video posted by Sabbath School that emphasizes helping one another.
Thanks for joining us today. Love to you all!