Summary: We are looking at THE Man. We open our Bibles regularly to see Jesus, THE Man, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” We see in this scene our Lord has the ability to forgive sin, to read minds, and to heal paralysis.
1. A. Read the text, Luke 5:17-26. What was Jesus’ most common self-designation? Luke 5:24
B. When He called himself “the Son of Man,” did they know what he was saying? Luke 21:27, Daniel 7:13-14
C. Why did Jesus come? Luke 19:10
2. A. Have you ever been lost? What was it like? Did you feel helpless and hopeless?
B. What is Jesus’ solution to being lost? Luke 5:27, 9:23C. How is paralysis like being lost? How is paralysis like the sinner’s need? Romans 5:6, Ephesians 2:11-12
3. A. Our text begins with Jesus teaching. Who was there and what do you know about them? What do you learn about Jesus from this text? Luke 5:17, 18:11-12, 3:21-22, 4:1
B. Read on in the text, Luke 5:18-19. What was the disposition of the men carrying the paralytic? Luke 4:40
C. What was the paralytic’s deepest need? What is our greatest need? Luke 5:20, Mark 9:43, 45, 47, Psalm 51:1-2, Luke 7:48, 24:45-47, Exodus 34:6-7, Psalm 130:3-4, I John 2:12 Does God just forgive sin or does God ultimately punish sin? Romans 6:23, Colossians 2:13-14, I Peter 2:24
4. A. How do the religious leaders react to forgiveness of sin? Luke 5:21
B. The Pharisees reasoning is both right and wrong. How so? Luke 5:21
C. What is revealed about Jesus in His response to the Pharisees? Luke 5:22-26, Romans 2:16
Let this sink in. We are helpless. We cannot save ourselves. We cannot get up and walk. We cannot walk the Christian walk. If you are reading this and you need Christ, you may be thinking, “I do not think I could be a Christian. I do not think I could do it!” You cannot; He can. He came to seek and to save helpless ones. He is the omnipotent One; we are impotent. We are absolutely unable to do anything. He can do everything. He moved heaven and earth and did more than that: He went to a cross, He died on a cross, and He rose again, so that He can say, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” This is always a response to faith; “And seeing their faith, He said ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’” Forgiveness is for those who call on the name of the Lord. As you call on Him, you can know that the all mighty One, the “Alpha and Omega,” came “to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus addressed the real need of the paralytic, forgiveness of sins.