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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
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After some days embarking in a boat he crossed over
and entered again into his own town Capernaum.
It was heard that he was at home,
and many were gathered,
so there was no longer any room at the door.
Pharisees and law-teachers were sitting
who had come from every village
of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem;
he spoke to them the word,
and the power of the Lord was in him to cure.

They came bringing to him on a bed
a person who was paralyzed being carried by four,
and they tried to bring him in and lay him before him.
Not being able to bring him in to him because of the crowd,
they took the roof off where he was,
and tearing out the tiles they lowered the mattress
on which the paralytic was laying
letting him down in the middle in front of Jesus.

Seeing their faith he said to the paralytic,
"Have courage, child; your sins are forgiven."

The scholars and Pharisees were pondering in their hearts,
"Why does this one speak thus? He blasphemes.
Who can forgive sins except God alone?"

Jesus recognizing in his spirit
that they were reasoning so among themselves, said to them,
"Why do you think these bad things in your hearts?
Which is easier:
to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,'
or to say, 'Rise and pick up your mattress and walk'?
But so that you may know that
the human son has authority on earth to forgive sins,"
he said to the paralytic, "I tell you, rise,
pick up your mattress and go into your home."

Standing up at once before them,
picking up what he was laying on,
he went away into his home praising God.

They were all bewildered and filled with awe,
and they praised God for giving such authority to humans,
saying, "We never saw anything like this;
we saw wonderful things today."

22. Jesus Heals a Paralytic Harmony 22 * Interpretation 22
23. Jesus Dines with Sinners Harmony 23 * Synthesis 23 * Interpretation 23

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