Matthew 9:1-8 The Healing of the Paralytic


If you were with us this morning you remember that Jesus left Capernaum – headed across the sea of Galilee – area of Gadera

A)Two reason for the voyage: The first was to reveal something of His power and authority over nature to His Disciples


B)The storm was a part of that day’s curriculum.

1)The storm provided the moment in which Jesus would show them that He possessed ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY over even the forces of nature….


And thus He can be trusted in the storms of life!


C) the SECOND reason for that perilous journey across the Sea of Galilee

1)Jesus had an appointment with two very needy men on the other side of the lake.


D)Focus next Sunday am – Hope for the oppressed


Jesus has a major encounter with Demonic forces

Legion 6,000 begging Jesus for mercy

A)2 Men who society couldn’t help – no hope


B)Suddenly clothed and in right minds


C)Pigs – People of the town ask Jesus to leave because they liked pigs more than pp

1)Jesus returns to Capernaum

Matthew 9:1-2

V.1So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. {Recall Capernaum Head quarters

 2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed.


Now Mark gives us some insight into this Story that Matthew leaves out

A)Jesus is in a house teaching: Crowded


B)4 Friends – trying to get their Paraylzed friend to Jesus – Can’t get in the doors

1)but that didn’t stop these guys - not discouraged


C)They had determination

1)Picture this scene - we have got to get him in there - how ?  

2)One guys looks up - thats how - should we?  -

           Lets GO FOR IT


D)  Homes in those days had these rooftop patios - stair way or a ladder that led to the roof ! –

1) Go to the roof .


E)It might have been difficult -/ didn’t matter! / totally unorthodox - they didn’t care!

1) costly -someone was going to have to pay for or repair  the roof - & it would probably be them.


2) But it didn’t matter: their friend needed to see Jesus

So they broke thru the roof – this is where Matthew picks up the story

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." 


Note Jesus saw their faith! -  Jesus loves break thru faith

A)David thirsty: Water from well of Bethlehem

Problem guarded by the Philistines


B)3 of his closets men – go for it – broke thru the enemies – camp got the water brought to David

1)David was so touched by their faith and Sacrifice he poured it out has an offering to the Lord


C)Which was a far greater honor than if he had drank it.

1)Saying this is too special for me to partake of – it should be offered to the Lord


D)They Broke thru and God took notice – recorded it in his word.


Later here in Ch.9 We will see a woman with an issue of Blood – Outcast – Broke thru touch the hem of his Garmet {Jesus healed – validated


Mark 10 Blind Bartimaes – Be quiet – Broke thru with his voice – Prayer – Jesus ….. Have mercy


The Lord saw their break through faith and responded He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." 

A) Now his friends might have been disappointed by this – Didn’t thru all that for this


B) But I bet these were the best words - this man had ever heard { His Greatest Need


C)Early tradition says that this man was paralyzed because of a veneral disease -

1)Jesus’ word to this man seems to confirm that his physical condition was connected to some sin that had taken place in his life ….. sins are forgiven you.


Statistic from the American Social Health Association

One in five people in the United States has an STD.

                    That is over 60 million


Two-thirds of all STDs occur in people 25 years of age  or  younger.


19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.   10 million teens will be infected this year .



You know what is even worse than an STD though is the guilt and pain that pp live with because of sexual sin

A)Seen Pp stay in relationships they had no business being in or wanted in feel compelled to stay in because of the guilt they felt from sleeping with someone

B)Seen young pp – feel obligated to get married to someone because they slept together.


C)This young man was crippled physically because of His sin –

1)But I have seen and known many pp who  of have been crippled spiritually –


D)A certain sin or a series of sins that took place in their lives { has left them crippled by guilt & Shame


E)This was the best thing this young man could hear and it is the best thing you can hear tonight

1)Your sins are forgiven.


Notice the Reaction of the religious leaders


3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!"


Now Understand that the problem that the Pharisees had was one of theology

A)They knew the Scriptures – that only God could forgive someone’s sin.


B)Blasphemy: because by this statement Jesus was declaring himself to be equal with God.


But you know what I have found this same Pharsadical attitude in the Church today for a different reason.

A)There are those who don’t like forgiveness


B)Don’t misunderstand what I am saying: Rephrase

There are those who love when forgiveness is shown to them –


C)But they don’t like it when it is shown to others.


D)Even worse there are those who refuse to forgive pp that God has forgiven


E)Dangerous – How can you expect to be forgiven when you don’t forgive.


Unfortunately I know pp that have been a part of this Church – who have been treated this way.

A)Feel like a 2nd class Christians – because other believers here – treat them that way


B)The Eye – turn away – ignored –


C)I have talked to a few pp even recently – it just breaks my heart –

1)I know it is not the Lord’s heart at all.


D)Misrepresentation of my heart as a Pastor – who is trying to model grace –{ More importantly

1)It is a Misrepresentation of God’s heart!




There is usually two common traits amongst

People who are not quick to forgive.

#1 They live sheltered lives. That was the Pharisees they moved in a religious world. Religious community


They were constantly around people who were at least trying to be good. Studying the scriptures, participating in worship.


Easy to lose touch with how the other side lives.


Love hanging out where High Schoolers hang – restaurants – Lunch at Palomar or Mira Costa

Stay reminded – of the world – the Language


#1 They live sheltered lives.

#2 They are not honest about their own struggles.

A)Easy for them to Judge – they think they have it all together.


Do you have a Pharisee mindset: Test

A)Who do you identify with the most in the Story of Noah being drunk –  NOAH


B)Ham exsposed – Shem and Japeth covered


C)Prodical  Son – Covered by the Father / party

Celebration: Illustration of God’s heart

1)Judged by His older Brother – flake / fool underserving of such a party

D)Here is what a lot of pp do – don’t rejoice – they take a wait and see approach –

1)I rejoice after I have seen that person really walk with the Lord for a year.




How about Abe – Coward with his wife – pretend you’re my sister – Would Abe still be your friend


David: Adultery Murder – Nathan confronts

But He doesn’t expose – David could have been under the law killed for both


Nathan ministered the Lord’s forgiveness


Joab tolerated but didn’t confront – which was the better friend ?


Peter denied the Lord 3 times{ Would you have welcomed him back – or would your attitude have been that prideful loud mouth finally went to far


I suggest to you one reason the disciples welcomed Peter was because they all forsook Jesus that night except for John -  At least Peter cut a guys ear off.


Listen: In everyone of those situations God responded with Grace – what about us.

A)Ministers of Grace – ministers of a new Covenant

                     Ministers of forgiveness

C)Well the Pharisees were objecting because of theology mainly –

1)How can this man forgive sins


4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?  5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? 


Now this was an interesting statement that Jesus made -  "Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Rise up and walk'

A) On the surface it was much easier to say - Son your sins are forgiven –


B) But no one would know if they were or not .

1)But to say - Rise up & walk - Power would need to be manifested


C) But in the Spiritual sense - To heal the man Jesus only had to speak the word - Rise up & walk -


D) But in order for the mans sins to be forgiven - Jesus had to go to Calvary !

Jesus had to die - a brutal - death


So which was easier ?- It was a lot easier to say rise & walk


6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" — then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." 7 And he arose and departed to his house.

A)So to show that He had the power to forgive sins Jesus

Touched this man – said arise


B)Mark says Immediately he arose –


Marks of a Real Conversion


8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.


Forgiveness Healing and Restoration happens and what is the result – People Marvel and Glorify God

A)That is what Church is supposed to be about


B)Place of healing forgiveness and restoration – God being glorified.


Paco – All is forgiven -