July 20, 2014: Matthew 9:1-8, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · July 14, 2014
At that time, Jesus got into a boat, crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”
And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.”
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say ‘Rise and walk?’ But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, take up your bed and go home.”
And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they marveled, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
1. Who was brought to Jesus in this Gospel? What does “paralytic” mean?
2. What did Jesus say, because of their faith?
3. Who thought Jesus was blaspheming? Jesus knew their thoughts. What did He do to show that He could forgive sins?
4. What did the crowds do when the paralytic was healed?
5. Like the paralytic in this Gospel, we all need healing. Maybe our bodies or minds don’t work the way they should. Maybe we are sad a lot or we had something difficult happen to us. Maybe we struggle with a certain sin. No matter what is wrong, Christ can heal us!