Jesus Forgives a Paralysed Man
Imagine yourself in this story. What would you be thinking/feeling if you were:
One of the crowd?
One of the disciples?
One of the Pharisees?
The owner of the house?
The paralysed man?
One of his friends?
Why do you think this passage has been included by Luke? What do you think is the main “take-home” from this?
Which do you think is more important – having your sins forgiven or being healed? Do you think the man would have been healed if the Pharisees hadn’t objected?
What do you think is meant by the phrase, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” How is that true? What does it achieve if your sins are forgiven by God? What then is the ultimate Good news that Jesus’ brings? How is that achieved?
Jesus heals people
How do you react to the idea of Jesus healing people? Are they just bible stories and so need to be taken with a grain of salt? Were they true at the time but we shouldn’t expect to see miracles now? Can we expect to see miracles accompany the lives of modern-day disciples?
Refer to Luke 4:31-44. How does v 43 help us understand what is taking place in this wider passage? How is Jesus Good News in each incident? How might that affect our prayers? What part do you think Jesus’ preaching is playing?
What do you notice about Jesus’ “prayer-technique”? How is he responding to the presenting need?
Why do you think so many people kept coming to Jesus? What do you think happened to all those people afterwards? Would they have ever got sick again? Why do you think Jesus bothered? What does that suggest about our own motivation to pray for healing?
What do you think Jesus thinks about the times when we are sick? Have you ever prayed for healing? What happened? How do you feel about that?
Why do think God doesn’t just heal all the sick in the world?
Recording will follow