B. The Ways of Carrying Out the Gospel Service
1. Forgiving the Sins of the Sick
1 And 1He entered again into aCapernaum after a few days, and it was heard that He was 2at home.
2 And many were agathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even at the door. And He spoke to them the word.
3 And they came, bringing to Him a 1aparalytic carried by four men.
4 And being unable to bring him to Him because of the crowd, they 1removed the aroof where He was. And when they had dug through, they lowered the 2mat on which the paralytic was lying.
5 And Jesus, seeing their 1afaith, said to the paralytic, 2Child, your 3sins are bforgiven.
6 But some of the 1scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why is this man speaking this way? He is ablaspheming! Who can forgive bsins except One, 1God?
8 And aimmediately Jesus, 1bknowing fully in His spirit that they were reasoning this way within themselves, said to them, Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?
9 Which is 1easier: to say to the paralytic, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Rise and take up your mat and walk?
10 But that you may know that the aSon of 1Man has authority to forgive sins on earth -- He said to the paralytic,
11 To you I say, 1Rise, atake up your mat and go to your house.
12 And he 1rose and immediately 2took up the mat and 3went out before them all, so that they were all aamazed and bglorified God, saying, We have never seen anything like this!
2. Feasting with Sinners
13 And He went out again beside the asea. And all the bcrowd came to Him, and He 1taught them.
14 1And as He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the 2atax office, and He said to him, Follow Me. And he rose and 3followed Him.
15 And as He reclined at table in his house, many atax collectors and sinners were reclining together with Jesus and His disciples, for there were many, and they were following Him.
16 And the 1ascribes of the Pharisees, seeing that He ate with sinners and tax collectors, said to His disciples, Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?
17 And when Jesus heard this, He said to them, Those who are strong have no need of a 1physician, but those who are ill; I did not acome to call the brighteous, but 2sinners.
3. Causing His Followers
to Be Merry without Fasting
18 1And the adisciples of John and the Pharisees were bfasting. And they came and csaid to Him, dWhy do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?
19 And Jesus said to them, The sons of the bridechamber cannot fast while the abridegroom is with them, can they? For as long a time as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
20 But adays will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.
21 No one sews a patch of unfulled cloth on an old garment; otherwise, that which fills it up pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.
22 And no one puts new wine into aold wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the wineskins, and the wine is ruined as well as the wineskins; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins.
4. Caring for His Followers' Hunger
Rather than for Religion's Regulation
23 1And He apassed through the grainfields on the bSabbath, and His disciples began to go along, picking the cears of grain.
24 And the 1Pharisees said to Him, Look! Why are they doing on the aSabbath what is bnot lawful?
25 And He said to them, Have you anever read what 1bDavid did when he had need and became hungry, he and those with him;
26 How he entered into the house of God during the time of aAbiathar the high priest and ate the bbread of the presence, which is not lawful for anyone to ceat except the priests, and he gave also to those who were with him?
27 And He said to them, The aSabbath came into being for man, and 1not man for the bSabbath.
28 So then the aSon of Man is 1Lord even of the Sabbath.
5. Caring for the Relief of the Suffering One
Rather than for the Ritual of Religion
1 1And He entered again into the synagogue; and there was a aman there who had a withered hand.
2 And they were awatching Him closely to see if He would heal him on the bSabbath, so that they might caccuse Him.
3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, Rise and stand in the midst.
4 And He said to them, Is it alawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to 1save 2life or to kill? But they remained silent.
5 And alooking around at them with 1anger and being greatly grieved with the bhardness of their heart, He said to the man, cStretch out your hand. And he stretched it out, and his hand was 2restored.
6 And the 1Pharisees went out and aimmediately took bcounsel with the cHerodians against Him as to how they might ddestroy Him.