One day, Jesus was in a house teaching people about God. So many people had come to hear him that the house was completely full.
Four men who had a paralyzed friend had heard that Jesus was teaching in this house, so they brought their friend to Him. Their friend was on a mat and could not walk, but there were so many people that they couldn’t get him through the front door. So they went to the roof, made a hole, and lowered him down in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw the man and his friends and that they believed him, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Many religious teachers were in the house and thought, “He can’t do that! Only God can forgive sins.”
Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, “What is easier to say, ‘Your sin is forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? I want you to know that I have the authority to forgive sins.”
Then He said to the man, “Get up, take your mat, and go home. Immediately the man stood up, took his mat, and went home. The people were amazed, and said, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Drawing Elements: People (hearts), Roof, Mat, Footprints, Peace (forgiveness) Footprints – Shows the man stood up and walked Peace – Jesus showed His authority to bring peace through forgiveness of sin