The prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled when Lord Jesus departed from Galilee and went from Nazareth to dwell in the beautiful land called “Capernaum” for most part of His ministry. Capernaum was upon the seacoast in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali (cf. Isaiah 9:1,2).
As the fame of Jesus quickly spread like wildfire because of He performed miracles, healed the sick, and cast out evil spirits from many people, many gathered at the home where Jesus was once preaching. The crowd thronged in that home in so much that there was hardly any space to move about.
Although Jesus did miracles and healed many His primary purpose was to preach repentance and to let them know that the “Kingdom of heaven” was at hand. Yet, people who came to Him did come with much hope that He would heal the sick and cast away unclean spirits that afflicted people.
There was one sick with palsy who was helped by his four friends. They brought him on a bed to the home where Jesus was preaching. There was so much crowd in the home that there was no way for the four friends of the man that suffered from palsy to enter into the house and bring the sick man before Jesus.
Undaunted, they took the patient straight onto the roof-top of the house, removed a part of the roof, and let the patient down from the roof to be right before Jesus. No doubt there was interruption to the preaching of Jesus, yet He had compassion on the sick of the palsy because of the faith of his four friends. Jesus appreciated the faith of the four friends and said to the palsy “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee”.
Here was an important point made by Jesus and that was to forgive sins of the palsy. Few questions arise from what Jesus did.
- Firstly, why Jesus said his sins were forgiven,
- secondly was Jesus authorized to forgive sins,
- and thirdly could Jesus restore the sick with palsy to full health.
- The patient was on bed which indicates that he suffered the highest form of paralysis. There were scribes who reasoned vigorously as to who Jesus was that he said “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee”. They considered it as blaspheme.
Although their question seemed to be reasonable, primarily because they all believed that except God no one could forgive sins of a man, yet it was because of their ignorance of the knowledge of the truth about Jesus Christ.
Jesus was the son of God, very God Himself. Lord Jesus perceived their thoughts and questioned them if it was easier for Him to forgive sins or to say to the palsy to rise up, take his bed and walk.
The Lord emphasized on the point that He had the power to forgive sins and He did exactly that. He granted the man forgiveness from his sins and then He said to the man sick with palsy to rise up, take up his bed and walk. Apostle Paul testified about Lord Jesus Christ as follows: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:12-15)
Another point that comes to our notice here is as to whether the sickness was due to his sin or on account of some other reason. Scriptures show that sometimes sickness is the result of sin and some cases exist for the glory of God.
Not every sickness is because of sin in man but many times it is for the bringing glory to the Lord. The examples are blind man, who was healed. Lazarus was raised from the dead.
“And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him” (John 9:2-3)
“Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby” (John 11:3-4)