Mark 2:1-12 The healing of the Paralytic


Question: How many of you have friends who are unsaved – Like to see come to Christ

A) Here in Mark Ch. 2 we see a good example of how to get our unsaved friends to Christ


B) And what Jesus wants to do in their lives!


And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.


So Jesus is in the house – huge crowd He is teaching


3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.

5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you."


So here we see this man who was paralyzed being carried to this house where Jesus was by 4 friends A) Early tradition says that this man was paralyzed because of a venereal disease -

B) Jesus’ word to this man seems to confirm that his physical condition was connected to some sin that had taken place in his life


C) Paralysis pictures the helplessness of the sinner.

1)  Last time we saw how sin was like Leprosy in that it starts small but eventually spreads until the entire body is infected


D) Like Leprosy sin - causes a persons life to begin to decay & to Rot -


E) Here we see another picture of what sin does . 1) It cripples - leaves people paralyzed . -      


 I suggest to you that there are people today who are not walking because of the guilt of sin

A) A certain sin or a series of sins that took place in their lives


B) And Although they can physically walk - they cannot walk w/ the Lord  because they think - I’ve gone too far I’ve sinned too greatly


C)And like this man - they are left paralyzed by their guilt –

1) Praise the Lord this guy had 4 friends like these men

These four men are examples of how friends ought to minister to one another and help needy sinners come to the Savior. Note 3 things


#1 They had DESIRE  -These guys wanted to get their friend to Jesus so that he could be cured


A) Their friend was in an awful situation & they knew the only one who can help Him is Jesus - Desperate. Must get him to Jesus !


B) Do You have anyone in your life or on your heart that you - are saying in your heart I must get them to Jesus! 

1)  there be anything more loving that you can do for a friend than to bring them to Jesus?


#2 They had DEDICATION

A) Their desire was MORE than lip-service -  NOT just: "Oh I want to bring my friend to the Lord"      but never do anything concrete about it


B) These men went to their friend - and then physically carried their friend to where Jesus was !

1)  Some times - that is what we need to do !  I’ll pick you up { Be there – drag them


C) Rides ministry in High School - 20 plus counselors who picked up kids - result we had - 50-60 kids every wed. parents not saved - didn’t go here

     1) Desire - Dedication




A) They came to the house but it was too crowded - there was no way to get in to see Jesus - but that didn’t stop these guys - not discouraged


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

1) One guys looks up - that’s how - should we?  -

           Lets GO FOR IT


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

1) Go to the roof .


C) 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.


D) Worry about that Latter -

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



Now I have to admit I was convicted by the dedication & the determination of these 4 men

A) Because - I can give up so easily in sharing –Someone says – I really don’t want to hear this


B) I can so easily become discouraged & quit praying for someone


C) There is desire - but too often the dedication & the determination is missing. –

1) Shouldn’t be because  people are still going to Hell !


D) These guys are a great example to us of the Desire Dedication & Determination that is sometimes needed if we are going to see our unsaved loved ones to Christ


E) They break thru the roof right in the middle of The Lords sermon -



Now notice how Jesus responds to this interruption

3 things here

1st - Looks up - Seeing their faith - Looking at these 4 guys - blessed


A) Smiling - I like this - these guys are right on -blessed to see that type of determination

B) They had demonstrated RADICAL faith - by going to such measures

1)  Reminded of the woman w/ the issue of Blood - just touch the hem


C) Jesus is always blessed by that type of faith – CENTURION


D) Blind Bart. Who when the crowd told him to be quiet –

1) he yelled even louder Jesus son of David …… me


Jesus likes that kind of Christianity - Dedicated - determined - not afraid to go the extra mile to do the unorthodox - to do the extravagant


So Jesus looks up & sees these 4 guys & is blessed by their faith


#2 Jesus looks down at the man -Smiles - Utters a great word - "Man, 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) My sin - which got me in this predicament in the first place has been forgiven. -

1) Mankind’s greatest need is for Forgiveness!!!


D) Guilt and Shame – Feel guilty because we are guilty

1) Mental institution – Rid


E) People indulge in all sorts of things to mask their guilt -


Sin separates us from God

    Sin makes us feel not right

          Sin destroys confidence

            Sin robs us of our Joy


Mathematics of sin – Adds to sorrow / subtracts Joy / Multiplies problems / divides our heart


The Best words that we can hear is that our sins have been forgiven


The Cross – The Blood – cleansed





#3 Jesus Looks AROUND - Perceives what was going on in the hearts of these Pharisees


6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,7 "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"


8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?

9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'?

10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" -- He said to the paralytic,11 "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."


12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"




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 -

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


D) Jesus had to die - a brutal - death


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


The Need for Forgiveness – Paco – All is forgiven





Now to Show them that He had the Power to forgive sins – Jesus said – Rise

A) Marks of a Real Conversion – Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all


Paralyzed by condemnation

1 John 1:.9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.




Rom 8:1

there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit


Our Need to Forgive

Matt 6:14-15


14 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.