Thursday, January 28, 2016
“And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day” (Luke 5:26 KJV).
What did these people see that was “strange?”
As Jesus taught and healed people, a group of men brought a paralyzed man on a bed (verses 17-19). “ And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.  And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?  But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?  Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.”
Notice verse 22. How could Jesus reveal the thoughts of the scribes and Pharisees? Who alone but God can read minds? (Those were some shocked people indeed!) Jesus is validating His identity: He is their Messiah, and God the Father has given Him the power to accomplish His will on earth! He can heal Israel of her sin problem. Note the next verse: “And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.”
How quickly did the sick man rise up? After Jesus prayed and laid hands, and prayed some more? After accepting a “collection” from the man? After the man had enough faith to be healed? No, the Bible says “immediately.” And the Bible says Jesus looked at the faith of the people carrying the man, not the faith of the man. It was nothing like those phony “healing” campaigns on “Christian” television networks! Christ said, “Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.” That paralytic instantly jumped up from off his sick bed and walked home glorifying God. Yes, God’s Word is “powerful” (Hebrews 4:12)…able to do the most extraordinary things! 🙂
Our latest Bible Q&A: “Who is the ‘them’ of Romans 5:14?”