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Jesus heals the paralytic man – a miracle

Posted in Bible, Miracle, Religion on Tuesday, 12 July 2011

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One day in Capernaum Jesus is teaching a large throng of people, many of whom have travelled from afar to hear this remarkable figure whose reputation is now the subject of daily conversation across Galilee and Judea.

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Friends lower the paralytic man through the roof in Capernaum, by William Hole

Many others have come with ailments and illnesses hoping to be cured by this performer of miracles. A group of men comes to the town and brings an old friend who is a paralytic and quite unable to walk. On arriving at the house where Jesus is speaking the friends realise that it is impossible to enter on account of the crowds, so they decide to take their friend up on the roof, and after removing some thatch and tiles, lower him down into the very room where Jesus is standing. When Jesus sees this happening He praises the faith of all concerned and forgives the paralytic man his sins. After mutterings among listeners about only God being able to forgive sins, Jesus points out that forgiveness achieves exactly the same result as telling this man to get up and walk. He then tells the man to do just that, and the paralytic man is miraculously able to walk.

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