· Some people brought a paralytic friend to be healed by Jesus – They came to Jesus because they believed Jesus could heal him. It wasn’t, “well, we tried everything else, let’s see what this Jesus guy can do.” – it was, “Jesus can heal him, we just need to get him to Him!” They truly believed. · Chapter 9 says, “when Jesus saw their faith” – their faith was shown by their belief that Jesus could heal their friend if they could just get their friend to Him. · Jesus took the opportunity to put an “explanation point” on the fact that He is God. Knowing how the religious leaders would react, Jesus said, “take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven” · If a paralytic, blind person, deaf person, or any person with a handicap or disease is thinking rightly; they would rather have God forgive their sin, rather than heal their affliction – in this case, Jesus does both · The religious leaders said Jesus was blaspheming. Blaspheming is using God’s Name in an irreverent way, and to pronounce someone’s “sins forgiven” would be considered blasphemy because only God can forgive sin. What the people didn’t yet know was – Jesus is God the Son · The religious leaders did not understand that Jesus was ushering in a New Covenant, and the sacrificial system they knew was over. Jesus was to be the final sacrifice for sin – His followers are to walk in mercy and grace in light of the mercy and grace they’ve been given · In the same way the paralytic and his friends believed – to woman who suffered from blood discharge for 12 years believed that just touching Jesus’ garment would heal her – once again Jesus says, “Your faith has made you well.” · The ruler whose daughter was dead showed his faith in action in coming to Jesus and saying, “come and lay hands on her and she’ll live” · We also see the connection between faith and belief when Jesus asks the two blind men, “do you believe I am able to do this?” They said, “yes, Lord”. Jesus again responds, “According to your faith be it done for you.” · Jesus healed all diseases and handicaps, He raised the dead, and He cast out demons – not simply to heal, but to get their attention, to confirm His authority, and to preach the Gospel; after all, what good would it do a blind man to be given sight yet die and go to hell. Mark 8:36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? John 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.