February 17, 2018
‘Paralysis and Release’
Don’t skip the road map…
Yesterday we toured Galilean towns,
Ended in the country avoiding crowds –
Today we touch base
Back at the top of Lake Galilee
The story will only go south from here!
He’s back in town,
the place is packed –
So folks drop in their paralyzed friend
digging through the roof
What’s that mean about busting boundaries?
He forgives the guy –
but doesn’t heal the paralysis yet…
The religious folks call that blasphemy, presumption –
Who made died and made this guy God?
Jesus names the boundary
between forgiving and healing
which is harder?
Guy gets up and goes –
all applaud again…
Jesus heads to the shore,
out of the crowded house
He teaches the crowd – what? How?
What’s the curriculum?
Now Levi – tax collector – not a fisherman – gets the ‘follow me’
And he does. Worlds collide again…
Have you started to re-cast
The movie behind your eyes
The soundtrack between your ears?
Who plays the role of paralysed, and friends?
Who looks and sounds like the religious folks?
What fishermen get called – what tax collectors?
What about the women?
When he returned to Capernaum after some days,
it was reported that he was at home.
So many gathered around
that there was no longer room for them,
not even in front of the door;
and he was speaking the word to them.
Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man,
carried by four of them.
And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd,
they removed the roof above him;
and after having dug through it,
they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay.
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 fellow speak in this way?
It is blasphemy!
Who can forgive sins but God alone?’
At once Jesus perceived in his spirit
that they were discussing these questions among themselves;
and he said to them,
‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
“Your sins are forgiven”,
or to say,
“Stand up and take your mat and walk”?
But so that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’
—he said to the paralytic—
‘I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.’
And he stood up, and immediately took the mat
and went out before all of them;
so that they were all amazed and glorified God,
‘We have never seen anything like this!’
Jesus went out again beside the lake;
the whole crowd gathered around him,
and he taught them.
As he was walking along,
he saw Levi son of Alphaeus
sitting at the tax booth,
and he said to him,
And he got up
and followed him.