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A paralyzed man let through the roof

Luke 5:18-19

18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 
19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

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Luke 5:17-25
17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 
18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 
19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 
20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” 
21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 
22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 
23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 
24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 
25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.

About this painting

Friends of the paralyzed man tried to take him to Jesus to be healed, but because of the crowd they could not find a way. Then they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. This was an act of faith. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” After this He heals the man, as a proof of His divine authority.

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