Luke 5:17-39

Jesus heals a paralytic vs 17-26
Jesus was teaching the Pharisees and teachers of the law from every village of Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem. The Power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal.
Some men brought in a paralyzed man to Jesus for healing but found no way to take him in because of the crowd. So they went up onto the building, and let down the bed on which the paralyzed man laid, through the roof and lowered him in front of Jesus.
Jesus saw their faith and said “pick up your bed and go home”. Immediately he did so and glorified God. Everyone was amazed and said “we have seen extraordinary things today”
Jesus calls Levi vs 27-32
After the healing, Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi at the tax booth and said to him, “follow me”. Levi left everything, rose and followed Him.
Levi made a great feast in his house, in a large company of tax collectors and others at the table. The Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at Jesus’ disciples asking why Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus said to them “those who are well do not need a physician but those who are sick,
I have come to call sinners to repentance”.
Question about fasting. Vs 33 -39
The Pharisees also said their disciples and the disciples of John fasted and prayed often but Jesus disciples were always dinning and wining .Jesus said to them “can you make your wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them”. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them and they will fast.
Life Application
Paralysis is the inability to act or function in a person, organization or place. It can also be referred to as shutdown, immobilization or stoppage. There are times in life when we get to a point where you do not know, or have the ability to make the next move. A point of frustration or helplessness.

  • God can only be moved by your faith not emotions. When you are at a point of paralysis,
    Surround yourself with believers. Do not isolate yourself.
  • Do not give in to any form of distraction.
  • Connect with Jesus by faith. Always come before Him with your problems no matter how bad it is, God will bring you back on your feet.
  • Your miracle shall be extraordinary. Be highly expectant.

No matter who you are or how far you thought you have gone away from God, do remember that Jesus loves you. Open up your heart to him and he will abide with you.

Reading – Luke 5:17-39

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man

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. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners

27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Jesus Questioned About Fasting

33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”

34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”

36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”

All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.