Luke 5:12-26 … JESUS CLAIMS TO BE THE GOD WHO FORGIVES.
Q.1. What does the healing of the leper reveal about Jesus? Did Jesus pursue a healing ministry? – (Lk.5:12-16) =
Q.2. Why did Jesus forgive the healed paralytic? How did the scribes and Pharisees respond to the claim of Jesus? – (Lk.5:17-26) =
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
12 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy.[a] And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13 And Jesus[b] stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.[c] 18 And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 25 And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. 26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”
Q.1. What did the healing of the leper reveal about Jesus? Did Jesus pursue a healing ministry? – (Lk.5:12-16) – Upon seeing Jesus, the man begged for healing. He was – covered with leprosy … and fell on his face before Jesus and implored Him … Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean (Lk.5:12). In spite of doubtlessly being marginalized, this man believed Jesus could heal him of leprosy. Jesus not only healed him … but touched him (Lk.5:13). For years, this man would not have been touched by anyone, apart from other lepers. The incident revealed that Jesus was not just a reckless lawbreaker. He knew what the Scriptures required, and ensured that this was obeyed by the leper (Lk.5:14 c.f. Lev.14:1-10). News of the miracle drew many more people who were seeking healing. – But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray (Lk.5:16). Jesus was determined to be led by the Father, and to fulfill His greater calling – for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost (c.f. Lk.19:10).
Q.2. Why did Jesus forgive the healed paralytic? How did the scribes and Pharisees respond to the claim of Jesus? – (Lk.5:17-26) = Luke stated that – the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing (Lk.5:17). This was no casual comment. It was meant to highlight the significance of the incident. Jesus was teaching at the time when the paralysed man was lowered through the roof in front of Him (Lk.5:17-19). Jesus, impressed by the faith of the man’s friends, could have simply healed him, but chose the controversial words – Friend, your sins are forgiven you (Lk.5:20). The scribes and Pharisees clearly understood the significance of this claim. They were outraged by what they considered to be blasphemy (Lk.5:21). Jesus’ offer of forgiveness would have appeared baseless, unless He could prove it. Anyone could claim to forgive sins. However, a claim to be able to heal would be seen as fraudulent, unless the person actually healed someone. Jesus responded – 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, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home (Lk.5:24). The man was instantly healed, and straight away gave glory to God, as did all the people, except for the scribes and Pharisees (Lk.5:25-26). Jesus showed to the scribes and Pharisees that He indeed was God in the flesh. His power to heal the paralysed man confirmed His claim that He had the power to forgive sins.
(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)
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