“Seeing Strange Things”
Luke 5:12-26 God at work! Our text details two healings that take place at or near Capernaum. Healing leprosy (vs. 12-15) – there was no cure for leprosy in the ancient world. ____________________________________________________________________________ The OT contains a healing of leprosy by the prophet Elisha. He healed Naaman and the account is in 2 Kings 5. _______________________________________________________________
Lepers were the most rejected people in their culture. ______________________________
This leper hears of the miraculous healing powers of Jesus and he takes a great risk and approaches Jesus and falls at His feet. “Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean.” (vs. 12) There is another way that this could be said that would help us grasp what the Leper understood: ‘Lord, if it is Your will.’ _____________________________________________
The healing is remarkable because it reveals the power of God. It is astounding that Jesus intentionally touches the man. _________________________________________________
1. In the man’s posture we see his humility.
2. In his coming to Jesus we see how wide the news of His ministry was spreading.
Jesus response is faith building for us: “I am willing; be cleansed.” God wants the best for us and it takes faith to receive it. Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” ____________________________________
The leprosy was cleansed, healed, cured, on the spot. Jesus gave the man instructions to follow. ____________________________________________________________________
Verse 15 is just vague enough for us to question whether the man kept quiet or those who saw him and knew him reported what Jesus had done. Mark records that the man could not contain himself in giving praise and testimony of Jesus. It appears that Jesus was very good at what most of us are very poor at, finding time and space for listening to God. It won’t happen by accident. We must make this a priority.
Next we find Jesus in Capernaum, according to Mark and Matthew, probably at the home of Peter or Peter’s mother-in-law. A large crowd has assembled.
1. Verse 17 says “Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem.” ________________________________________ And Jesus stands before them with the “power of the Lord”, able to heal them.
Thank God for friends and family who bring us to Jesus. _____________________________
They tear off the roof, or as Luke puts it, “through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.”
“When He saw their faith” –_______________________“Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
So the religious immediately review what they have just heard and they see a theological problem. Only God can forgive sins. Let’s see, only God can heal a leper so Jesus has already set a precedent. He knows what they are thinking and confronts them: “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk.’ But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” God healed the man and affirmed Jesus authority to forgive sins. The man jumps up and starts his new life, praising God. Everyone else, “were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, ‘We have seen strange things today!’” (vs. 26)
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