Friends of Faith – Luke 5:17-26

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Luke 5:17-26 American Standard Version (ASV) Public Domain

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

On one of those days while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.

Jesus began to teach and the crowd pressed in upon him (Luke 5:12). They wanted to hear His word.

They also needed to see His power to heal. He had touched a man with leprosy and it was obvious to all that the power of God was in Him.

So the friends of the paralytic were convinced that Jesus could heal their friend if they just could get him in front of Him. They went to all lengths and broke many laws in order to do this.

Their perseverance, faith and hunger for their friend’s spiritual good kept them coming back again and again until they finally got the man through the crowd in front of Jesus. They knew that the Lord would provide for this lame man and that He would forgive his sins!

Luke 5:17-26

The story of the friends of the paralytic is a reminder that Jesus is not merely a teacher, but He is the Son of God who is the King. He has the authority to forgive sins, to touch those who are ill, to cure the worst of diseases and to establish His authority over the Jewish leaders. He is bringing a fresh breath of air into an overly stodgy religious system.

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