And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.”
(a) Seeing their faith. Jesus saw the actions that accompanied the faith of those who carried the paralyzed man. From Mark’s account, we learn that the four friends tore a hole in the roof to get their friend to Jesus (Mark 2:4). They did this because they believed Jesus could help their friend.
(b) Your sins are forgiven. Jesus forgave the paralyzed man to show us that God freely forgives us on account of grace and without any regard for our behavior (Eph. 1:7). Jesus died for us while we were sinners, and he forgave us while we were sinners (Col. 2:13). Before you repented, confessed, or did anything, the Lamb of God carried away all your sins – past, present, and future. See entry for Luke 23:34.
(c) Forgiven; see entry for Forgiveness.
“But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
(a) The righteous refers to those who trust in their own righteousness (Luke 18:9). Self-righteous religious people, in other words.
(b) Sinners. If the original language did not lack punctuation marks, the word “sinners” would be in quotation marks. Religious people called them sinners; Jesus called them lost sheep (Matt. 10:6, 15:24).
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
Mercy is how grace appears to the needy. See entry for Mercy.
When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
Do you believe? We don’t need more or greater faith; we just need to believe the Lord.
Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.”
According to your faith. Every God-fearing Jew had a kind of faith, but not every Jew believed in Jesus (see entry for Jas. 2:18). The two blind men had a faith in God and they believed in the one he sent. Like the woman who touched his garment, they drew upon the riches of God’s grace through faith (Matt. 9:22).
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