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- The Band of Brothers' love: If not for the love of that four friends, the paralytic did not have a chance at all. The love is somewhat like the WWII movie "Band of Brothers", they fought in total unity for their own lives and the glory of their nation. The love of the paralytic's friends pushed every possible opportunity to the limit as they took off the roof to seek help for their friend. How can we learn from this wonderful example that we are under the total support of this Band of Brothers' love?
- Jesus roof being ruined - Most commentators say the house should belong to Peter and Andrew. But N.T. Wright in his "Mark for Everybody" says, "Most people don't realize that this was probably Jesus' own house. He had moved to Capernaum from Nazareth; the point of the first two verses is that when Jesus returned from his short preaching trip around the neighbouring villages, he found crowds pressing around the door as though he were a movie star or well-known footballer. jesus himself was the unlucky householder who had his roof ruined that day. This opens up quite a new possibility for understanding what Jesus said to the paralysed man. How would you feel if someone made a big hole in your roof? But Jesus looks down and says, with a rueful smile: 'All right - I forgive you!' Something in his voice, though, made them all realize this was different. This forgiveness went deeper than mere domestic disputes. Jesus was speaking with a quiet authority which went down into the paralysed man's innermost being."
- Healing and forgiveness goes together - Jesus was committing a theological crime because he was not a priest, and even a priest can not forgive someone's sin, only God can. Here, Jesus declared Himself as the Son of Man and as in Daniel 7:13 pointing to the representative of God's true people - the Messiah. Miraculous healing and the forgiveness of God goes together and Jesus is the one who forgives and heals.