Man on a sleeping mat, Luke 5:17-26

Jesus heals a man brought on his sleeping mat by four friends.

Houses were constructed mainly of clay and stone. Were mainly flat roofed with a stairway at the side of the house. The four friends climbed the stairs and removed the roof tiles. They lowered the man on a mat right in front of Jesus.

Jesus healed him and the man went home praising God.

Jesus saying he was the Son of Man and had power to forgive sins was saying He was God. The Jewish leaders kept saying he was not God but how wrong they were.

Jesus did this on his return to Capernaum.

Background Reading:

Jesus Heals a Paralyzed man on a Mat

5:17 One day, as Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of the Law happened to be sitting nearby. The people had come from every village in Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was present to heal them. 18 Some men were bringing a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They were trying to take him into the house and place him in front of Jesus. 19 When they couldn’t find a way to get him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down on his stretcher through the tiles into the middle of the room, right in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Mister, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to argue among themselves, saying, “Who is this man who is uttering blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 Because Jesus knew that they were arguing, he asked them, “Why are you arguing about this among yourselves? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But so you’ll know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….” he told the paralyzed man, “I say to you: Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go home!” 25 So the man immediately stood up in front of them and picked up what he had been lying on. Then he went home, praising God.

26 Amazement seized all the people, and they began to praise God. They were filled with fear and declared, “We have seen wonderful things today!”
Luke 5:17-26
see also: Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12


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