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When the paralyzed man met Jesus he ended up getting much more than he asked for.
In today’s lesson, we’re going to learn about a time some guys were desperate to get to Jesus. They had a friend who was a paralytic. That means his legs didn’t work so he couldn’t walk. They heard that Jesus was teaching in a house so they carried their friend to him because they knew Jesus had the power to heal. Well, the house was crammed full of people because everyone wanted to hear from Jesus. So, the men decided their best option was to lower their friend from the roof! That’s right. They were so desperate to get to Jesus that they climbed up on the roof, cut a hole, and lowered their friend right in front of Jesus! Jesus was impressed that these friends were willing to do whatever it took to get their friend to him. But, Jesus said something that caught everyone off guard. Instead of just praying for the man to walk, he said, “Your sins are forgiven!” Why would Jesus say that? Jesus knew what this man really needed. More than the ability to walk, he needed his sins to be forgiven so he could be made right with God. Now, Jesus healed the guy, too, and he walked out of the house! But, he also healed his sin condition.This is true for us, too. Jesus cares about all of our needs, too.