“Son, Your Sins Are Forgiven.”

Teaching Notes

1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Mark 2:1-12


2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB, MSG)

The scriptures are useful for understanding God and His work in our lives. Our hope and prayer is that as we go through our studies and conversations we would encounter the Living God of the scriptures; that The Holy Spirit would do His work and reveal the truth, expose and correct us, teaching us to live in God’s way as we are shaped and equipped for all that he calls us to.


Mark 2:1-2

1. The primary purpose of an encounter with The Lord is to know Him.

  • Colossians 1:15-16 (NLT)


Mark 2:3-5

2. The Lord responds to faith-filled desperation.

  • Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
  • Psalm 51:16-17(NASB)
  • What would it be like if we embraced our need for The Lord and cultivated a faith that is confident in Him?


Mark 2:6-9

3. The Lord is the answer to whatever you think you need.

  • The main thing is addressing the fact that this man in his current situation is far from God. Jesus does what only he can do by removing the barrier that separates people from The Lord.


Mark 2:10-12

  • Not only does Jesus have the power to heal, but he also has the authority to forgive sin.
  • Jesus calls himself the Son of man.
    • He is calling himself the Messiah. He is calling himself the answer, and it’s almost as if to say “I do not identify with what you say you want, but I am The One you need.”



4. The Lord wants you to know Him.

  • Philippians 2:6-11 (NLT)