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Matthæusevangeliet 9,1-8

Guds ord

Og Jesus gik om bord i en båd og satte over til sin egen by.  Og se, der kom nogle til ham med en lam, der lå på en seng. Da Jesus så deres tro, sagde han til den lamme: ”Vær frimodig, søn, dine synder tilgives dig.”  Men nogle af de skriftkloge sagde ved sig selv: ”Han spotter Gud.”  Jesus så, hvad de tænkte, og sagde: ”Hvorfor tænker I ondt i jeres hjerte?  Hvad er det letteste, at sige: Dine synder tilgives dig, eller at sige: Rejs dig og gå?  Men for at I kan vide, at Menneskesønnen har myndighed på jorden til at tilgive synder” – da siger han til den lamme: ”Rejs dig, tag din seng og gå hjem!”  Og han rejste sig og gik hjem.  Da folkeskarerne så det, blev de grebet af frygt og priste Gud, der havde givet mennesker en sådan myndighed.

 

Matthæusevangeliet 9,1-8
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    • Dette bibelcitat fokuserer på noget, som er centralt for den måde, Jesus omgås os på. Han ser, at vi alle har behov for tilgivelse, for at få vores begrænsede og syndige menneskelige natur accepteret. Derfor foreslår han, at vi fremfor at være vrede, skyldbevidste, eller hårde overfor for os selv og for andre, indtager en mild, tilgivende og accepterende holdning til denne begrænsede side af os selv.
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    • Jesus is touched by the trouble which his friends took for the paralysed man. It is their faith and concern that moves him to heal the man both spiritually and physically. Likewise, my prayer of faith for others moves Jesus to meet their needs and gives me a share in the healing mission of Christ and of all Christians.
    • The paralytic represents the universal human need for God’s forgiveness. In asserting his authority to forgive sins, Jesus comes into conflict for the first time with the religious establishment. I need to allow divine forgiveness to flow through me as it does in Jesus.
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    • It must have been uncomfortable for the Pharisees to have Jesus say out loud what they spoke quietly and believed in their hearts. Time spent with Jesus brings the truth to the fore.
    • It often seems to be the case that those who assist the poor and the sick impress Jesus. Here, again, he reacts to their faith. I am reminded that faith is not just a matter of my convictions but is expressed in how I live. I think of how I spend my time; I consider where my faith is evident.
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    • In the Gospel, there are no ‘throw-away’ miracles; every wonder worked by Jesus has a teaching point – nowhere more so than with this cure of the paralytic.
    • For every person in the capacity-audience of this story, to be Jewish meant : to be a believer in the one God – and not in the neighbouring nations’ multiple gods. But how then was Jesus to get across the notion of the divine in himself – a notion that ‘blew’ all the mental categories of his hearers?
    • The key was, to make the claim to forgive sins - for, only God could do that – and then to back up this claim with an actual miracle. The Gospels give great coverage to the story : Jesus got his reaction – ‘teachers of the law who had come from every village in Galilee, from Judaea and from Jerusalem’ exclaimed : “Blasphemy!”
    • The crowds “glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings”. In fact, the gap between God and human beings had been narrowed. The standing-room-only crowd looked up and saw chinks of light as the roof-tiles were removed to make way for the stretcher – But ‘sky-blue’ totally new thinking would next have to penetrate.
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    • Lord, I believe you had a special word for the carers, the people who carried the paralysed man and placed him where he caught your attention. It was their faith that you noticed. Thank you, Lord, for the work of carers, mostly women, often taken for granted. Sometimes it is the loyal, unmarried daughter who is left to look after a helpless parent. She may even feel guilty when she begs for someone to stand in while she takes a well-earned break. These are the true uncelebrated heroines of our communities; their love is shown in deeds.
    • The paralysed man was brought to Jesus by friends or neighbours. Forgiveness for his sins came to him in the company of others, without whom he would not have got near Jesus. It is the same today. We go to God in the community of the church and of many others. Our faith, while it is personal, is never to be private. Faith brings the needs of others to our sight, and faith in Jesus gives an inspiration to be the ones who help heal the sick and help anyone in difficulties.
    • "Take heart...stand up...go home." Three encouraging words of Jesus to allow forgiveness cheer us up, to allow our contact with him to bring us alive and to know that everywhere on the earth is our home because everywhere is his home, and he lives within us.
    • The people of Jesus' town were quick to judge, springing to the defence of the religious principles. They had lost sight of the bigger picture that Jesus had in view; he wanted to restore health and wholeness.
    • Jesus longs for me to live fully and freely. In this time of prayer I ask for liberty from what binds me and bring before God my desire for wholeness.
    • It must have been uncomfortable for the Pharisees to have Jesus say out loud what they spoke quietly and believed in their hearts. Time spent with Jesus brings the truth to the fore.
    • It often seems to be the case that those who assist the poor and the sick impress Jesus. Here, again, he reacts to their faith. I am reminded that faith is not just a matter of my convictions but is expressed in how I live. I think of how I spend my time; I consider where my faith is evident.