THE MIRACLE POWER OF JESUS
Luke 5:16-26 ASV But he withdrew himself in the deserts, and prayed. 17 And it came to pass on one of those days, that he was teaching; and there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, who were come out of every village of Galilee and Judaea and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18 And behold, men bring on a bed a man that was palsied: and they sought to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 19 And not finding by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went up to the housetop, and let him down through the tiles with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 20 And seeing their faith, he said, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this that speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22 But Jesus perceiving their reasonings, answered and said unto them, Why reason ye in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk? 24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority on earth to forgive sins (he said unto him that was palsied), I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go unto thy house. 25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his house, glorifying God. 26 And amazement took hold on all, and they glorified God; and they were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to-day.
v16 This is the key to power with God – MUCH PRAYER.
v17 Pharisees and Doctors of the Law came to hear Jesus teach.
- 1. There were representatives from synagogues of every town in Judea and Galilee.
- 2. Teaching and miracles combine to make a powerful force for God.
- 3. The power of the Lord was present to heal them and perform miracles.
- 4. The authority that was present to forgive sins, also, speaks healings and miracles.
- 4a. this power can not be divided – Luke 7:11-16 (v14) ASV And it came to pass soon afterwards, that he went to a city called Nain; and his disciples went with him, and a great multitude. 12 Now when he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, there was carried out one that was dead, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14 And he came nigh and touched the bier: and the bearers stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. 16 And fear took hold on all: and they glorified God, saying, A great prophet is arisen among us: and, God hath visited his people. – Acts 9:36-41 ASV Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did. 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she fell sick, and died: and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper chamber. 38 And as Lydda was nigh unto Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men unto him, entreating him, Delay not to come on unto us. 39 And Peter arose and went with them. And when he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down and prayed; and turning to the body, he said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes; and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand, and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
v18 — The four men could not get through the multitudes to bring the paralytic to Jesus.
v19 — They went upon the housetop and let him down through the tiling of the roof.
v20 — Jesus saw their faith
- 1. Their faith was visible because of their efforts to get in to see Jesus.
- 2. WHEN JESUS SAW THEIR FAITH i.e., the men letting the paralytic down through the roof, Jesus said to the paralytic, "Man, thy sins are forgiven."
v21 — The Pharisees and scribes
- 1. They did not understand the power of the Lord.
- 2. They were shocked that a mere man would suggest he could forgive sins.
v22 — Jesus could read their thoughts.
v23 — The questions
- 1. Is it easier to forgive sins, or
- 2. Is it easier to heal?