Mark – Chapter 2

Jesus forgives and heals a paralytic

Jesus went back to Capernaum, many people heard of it and gathered around the house. A group of four heard of this and they bring their paralytic friend over for healing. The house was packed full with people, so the only way they could get in to the house is through the window. They uncover the roof and drop down their paralytic friend with the bed into the house. Jesus saw their determination and faith and said this to the paralytic, ” Son, your sins are forgiven you.

The scribes-religious leader were stunned by Jesus response as who is this guy that has the right to forgives someone’s sins?? The religious leader started to show holistic attitude towards Jesus. They perceived that Jesus said so because it is a statement with no immediate effect, a thought that indicate doubts on Jesus divine power.

Jesus continue by healing the paralytic man physically. Immediately he is healed and all were amazed by His act.

Matthew the Tax Collector.

Jesus recruited his next disciples. Levi was his given name and Matthew became his apostolic name (Gift of God). Jesus went to his house and dine with with many other tax collectors and sinners. Again those scribes and Pharisees wonder what Jesus has to do with the sinners by being in the midst of them. They perceived that the righteous one should have nothing to do with the “sinners”. But Jesus said this to them, ” Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Jesus is questioned about Fasting

The Pharisee question Jesus of why His disciples did not fast as how John and his disciples used to be? Jesus answer by telling them that it’s a time for celebration that Christ is with them. It’s just like when you attend someone else’s wedding dinner and the bridegroom is there, would you shut it at his face and not toast with him?? Here Jesus mentioned or predicting His day of Death-V20,” But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.

Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath

His disciples happen to pluck the head of the grain during Sabbath. The action of it is consider as reaping and is prohibited strictly during Sabbath. Therefore the Pharisee rebuked Jesus about it.

In these two incidents, Jesus and His disciples were not guilty of violating any spiritual law regarding to Sabbath, but only the Pharisaic interpretation of it. Jesus establishes two new positive principles in 2:27,28.

First, God intended the Sabbath to be for the spiritual and physical benefit of His people, not an impossible burden in striving to observe narrow man-made rules.

Second principles amount to a claim of deity. If the Sabbath is made for man then the Son of Man, as man’s Lord and representative, has authority over it. By this claim Jesus is actually stating the equality with God, since Sabbath is the Lord’s day.

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