Mk. 2:1-3 – When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men.
Things had been pretty crazy for the last several days. Not long ago Jesus had shocked Peter and his fishing buddies with a net ripping, boat sinking catch of fish. These fishermen had worked on this lake all of their lives, they had never seen anything like this. The result, these fishing buddies were following Jesus with a new job description, now they would be fishing for men. Next, there was the incident in the synagogue that they had all attended their whole lives with the demon possessed man. This guy was convulsing and shouting obscenities in God’s house, they had never seen anything like this either. The next thing they knew this demonized man was just as normal as they were, how could any of this be possible?
That wasn’t all, Jesus healed Peter’s mother in law from a fever and a man who was absolutely covered with leprosy was instantly healed. With all of these miracles in the air Peter’s whole town was on its ear, God was surely visiting Capernaum.
That’s when the totally unthinkable happened. The crowds were pushing into Peter’s house to the point that not another person could get inside. They were coming from everywhere, even the Pharisees from Jerusalem had showed up in this fishing village at this fisherman’s house. Suddenly, there was scratching and digging on the roof. The next thing you know a paralyzed man was being lowered with ropes into the room where Jesus was teaching. Jesus was looking up into the opening in the ceiling to see four sheepish smiles looking to see what would happen. That’s when Jesus shocked everyone. He looked at the paralytic and, of all things, He said, “Your sins are forgiven”.
That did it, the Pharisees were enraged, who has the power to forgive sins but God. Before they could even verbalize their anger Jesus answered them, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’? “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.”
That was it, the paralyzed man was healed, running home as fast as his new legs could carry him. The Pharisees were stumbled, sensing Jesus claims to deity, they would have to formulate a battle plan. The rest of the people were amazed and overwhelmed with the fear of God as they all began to worship and glorify God. As for Peter and his fishing buddies, they were beginning to realize that they were in for quite a ride.