Who were some of your closest friends/friend in high school or college? What was one memorable prank/craziness//fun/dumb thing you did together?
Why do you think the Pharisees and teachers of the law had such a hard time embracing Jesus? Why do you think they came, “…from every village..” to hear Him teach in verse 17a?
Verse 17b says, “And the power of the Lord was present for Him to heal the sick.” What does this reveal about the ministry of Jesus Christ in that period? (Hint: Luke 4:18-19)
[Creative Liberties allowed] Recreate the scenario and conversation that took place among the men and their paralytic friend in the moments leading up to, (and including) verse 18-19. Anyone care to share?
What do their action in verse 19 tell you about these men?
What hoops would you jump through to seek out a miraculous healing for a loved one in your life?
What are some of your biggest personal prayer needs? How much prayer have you invested in it? (What keeps you from bringing it to God more consistently or confidently?)
The men came seeking physical healing for their friend (v.20), but Jesus brings up the issue of forgiveness, why?
What else strikes you as odd about verse 20?
What is the heart of the complaint of the Pharisees and teachers of the law in verse 21? What in their minds was Jesus doing?
How did Jesus prove them right in verse 22?
Which is easier to say to a paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven” or “Get up and walk”? Why is your selected answer the easier option?
What was Jesus trying to prove with this question and the miracle that followed?
In healing the paralytic man, what did Jesus prove to the Pharisees and teachers of the law? What did He prove to the friends who brought the paralytic? What did He prove to the paralytic?
What do you think happened when the healed paralytic caught up with his friends? What do you think did later that evening? [Creative Liberties allowed]
Who are you most like in this story?
- Pharisees - doubting God can do the impossible in your life
- Friends – eagerly anticipating God’s move in your life
- Paralytic – discouraged and in desperate need of someone to believe in you?