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Jesus forgives and heals a paralysed man

A lame man is lowered through a roof to Jesus.
Contributed by LUMO project
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, German, Arabic, Simplified Chinese
Pharisees and teachers of the law from all over Galilee and Judea had gathered to hear what Jesus had to say. – Slide 1
Large crowds had gathered to see Jesus too. – Slide 2
Jesus went into a building to teach and everyone crowded around and pushed to get in. – Slide 3
Some men arrived carrying a paralysed man on a mat, hoping to bring him to see Jesus. – Slide 4
But the crowds around the house were so large they could not get their paralysed friend inside. So they made their way up the stairs at the side of the building on to the flat roof. – Slide 5
Flat roofs were often made of beams covered with reeds and layers of clay. The men started clawing into the clay to make a hole. – Slide 6
Everyone in the building was surprised to see debris falling from the roof and a gap appearing above them. – Slide 7
The men made an opening big enough to lower their friend to see Jesus. – Slide 8
Jesus did not try to stop them. – Slide 9
The paralysed man was gently lowered into the crowded room. – Slide 10
Everyone was watching, wondering what Jesus would do next. – Slide 11
Jesus saw the faith of these men and their paralysed friend and announced, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’ – Slide 12
The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, ‘Who is this man who speaks blasphemy? – Slide 13
Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ – Slide 14
Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, ‘Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? – Slide 15
Jesus then said to them, ‘I want you to know I have the authority on earth to forgive sins.’ – Slide 16
Turning to the paralysed man Jesus commanded, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ – Slide 17
To everyone’s utter amazement the man got to his feet and stood in front of them. – Slide 18
People could hardly believe what they were seeing. – Slide 19
The man picked up his mat and went home praising God. – Slide 20
 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They left saying, ‘We have seen remarkable things today.’ – Slide 21
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