Springboarding off of the Apostle Paul’s life focus, clearly expressed in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Pastor Greg launched an “open-ended” message series on January 12th, 2020 – focusing on “Just Jesus.” He is walking us through the entire New Testament, pulling passages from the Old Testament for context, and keep us focused throughout the year on “Just Jesus.” This week Pastor G delivers part 40 of his “Just Jesus” series.
We’re covering Matthew 9:1-9. Today, Pastor G talks about Jesus healing a paralytic man, and calling Matthew to be one of His disciples.
Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city. ~ Matthew 9:1
We might assume “His own city” is Nazareth. After all He grew up there and He is often referred to as “Jesus of Nazareth.” But actually Jesus and the disciples have a kind of home base set up in Capernaum at this time.
And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.” ~ Matthew 9:2
NOTE: Jesus is NOT saying the man’s paralysis is due to sin in his life.
As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. ~ John 9:1-3
And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.” ~ Matthew 9:3 They say “Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’? ~ Matthew 9:4-5
But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”— then He said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.” ~ Matthew 9:6
What does the man do in response? Listen. Listen. Don’t miss this now. Listen. He obeys Jesus. He just obeys Jesus.
And he got up and went home. ~ Matthew 9:7
But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men. ~ Matthew 9:8
It means to wonder, to marvel, to be amazed or astonished and it carries with it the idea of being astonished out of one’s senses!
As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him. ~ Matthew 9:9
1) FIRST, HAVE FAITH.
2) SECOND, GIVE GOD THE GLORY.
3) THIRD, ACT WITH IMMEDIATE OBEDIENCE.