The Divine Authority of Jesus – Mark 2:1-12 (pt. 2)

And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.

I. Jesus Asserts His Authority to Forgive Sins (vv. 1-5)

a. Jesus draws attention (vv. 1-2)

The first thing that we see in this passage is that Jesus claims to have the authority to forgive sins.  But before we get to that claim we need to understand

the circumstances surrounding this claim.  In verse 1 and 2 Mark writes, “And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.  And many were gathered together, so that there was no room, not even at the door.  And he was preaching the word to them.”

In the last chapter we read of Jesus first coming into Capernaum (1:21), and using the home of Peter and Andrew as a home base (1:29).  However, because the hysteria over Jesus’ ministry had risen to a fevered pitch, Jesus was forced to leave Capernaum (1:45).  Now, here in verse 1, we learn that after some time this hysteria had died down, and Jesus was able to return to His home base in Capernaum (presumably to the home of Peter and Andrew).

This peace and quiet did not last long.  It did not take long for the word to spread concerning Jesus’ arrival.  Once that happened there was sure to be a crowd around Jesus.  Mark tells us that there were so many curious onlookers coming to see Jesus that there wasn’t even any more room to get into the door.  The crowd was massive; the entire town had assembled to see what Jesus was going to do next.  But it was not just the town of Capernaum that had come to see Jesus.  Luke 5:17 tells us that “Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem.”  This was an interesting crowd that had assembled, and we will learn more about them in a few verses.

Once Jesus had drawn a crowd to Himself Mark tells us literally that Jesus “spoke to them the word” (ἐλάλει αὐτοῖς τὸν λόγον).  Mark’s use of word (λόγον) here is no doubt the same as Jesus’ use of word (λόγον) in 4:1-20.  Jesus took this opportunity to fulfill His purpose (1:38), and preach the Gospel to these people (1:14-15).

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  1. My dear Paul

    Do you pray and serve Jesus and claim that Jesus is God, the second
    person in the “Holy trinity.” However, the very Bible which is used as
    a basis for knowledge about Jesus and as the basis for doctrine within
    Christianity clearly belies this claim. We urge you to consult your
    own Bible and verify that the following conclusions are not drawn out
    of context:

    1. God is All Knowing…..but Jesus was not
    When speaking of the day of judgment, Jesus clearly gave evidence of a
    limitation on his knowledge when he said, “but of that day and hour
    knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in Heaven, neither the
    son, but the Father.” Mark 13:32, and Matt 24:36. But God knows all.
    His knowledge is without any limitations. That Jesus, of his own
    admission, did not know when the day of judgment would be, is clear
    proof that Jesus is not all-knowing, and that Jesus is therefore not
    God.

    2. God is All Powerful…..but Jesus was not
    While Jesus performed many miracles, he himself admitted that the
    power he had was not his own but was derived from God when he said,
    “Verily, verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but
    what he seeth the Father do…” St. John 5:19. Again he said, “I can of
    mine own self do nothing: as I hear I judge: and my judgment is just;
    because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which
    hath sent me.” St. John 5:30. But God is not only all-powerful, He is
    also the source of all power and authority. That Jesus, of his own
    admission, could do nothing on his own is clear proof that Jesus is
    not all-powerful, and that therefore Jesus is not God.

    3. God does not have a God…..but Jesus did have a God.
    God is the ultimate judge and refuge for all, and He does not call
    upon nor pray to any others. But Jesus acknowledged that there was one
    whom he worshipped and to whom he prayed when he said, “l ascend unto
    my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.” St. John
    20:17. He is also reported to have cried out while on the cross, “My
    God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?” Matt 27:46. If Jesus were God,
    then couldn’t this be read, “Myself, myself why hast thou forsaken
    me?” Would that not be pure nonsense? When Jesus prayed the Lord’s
    prayer (Luke 11:2-4), was he praying to himself? When in the garden of
    Gethsemane he prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup
    pass from me: Nevertheless not as I will but as thou wilt.” Matt
    26:36-39. Was Jesus praying to himself? That Jesus, of his own
    admission and by his own actions, acknowledged, worshipped, and prayed
    to another being as God is clear proof that Jesus himself is not God.

    4. God is an invisible spirit…..but Jesus was flesh and blood
    While thousands saw Jesus and heard his voice, Jesus himself said that
    this could not be done with God when he said. “No man hath seen God at
    any time.” St. John 1:18. ‘”Ye have neither heard His voice at any
    time nor seen His shape.” St. John 5:37. He also said in St. John
    4:24. “God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in
    spirit and in truth.” That Jesus would say that no one had seen or
    heard God at any time, while his followers both saw and heard him, is
    clear proof that Jesus was not God.

    5. No one is greater than God and no one can direct Him but Jesus
    acknowledged someone greater than himself whose will was distinct from
    his own.
    Perhaps the clearest indication we have that Jesus and God are not
    equal, and therefore not one and the same, come again from the mouth
    of Jesus himself who said in St. John 14:28, “My Father is greater
    than I.” When someone referred to him as good master in Matt 19:17,
    Jesus responded, “Why callest thou me good? There is none good but
    one, that is God…” Furthermore, Jesus drew clear distinctions between
    himself and God when he said, “I proceeded forth and came from God,
    neither came I of myself but He sent me.” St. John 8:42. Jesus gave
    clear evidence of his subordination to God, rather than his equality
    with God,when he said in Luke 22:42, “not my will but thine be done”
    and in St. John 5:30, “I seek not mine own will but the will of the
    Father which hath sent me.” That Jesus would admit that he did not
    come into the world on his own initiative but was directed to do so,
    that he would acknowledge another being as greater than himself, and
    that he would negate his own will in deference to affirming the will
    of another, give clear proof that Jesus is not the Supreme One and
    therefore Jesus is not God.

    Let see the warning by Jesus
    Mark 7:6-13 (New King James Version)

    6 He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you
    hypocrites, as it is written:

    ‘ This people honors Me with their lips,
    But their heart is far from Me.
    7 And in vain they worship Me,
    Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’[a]

    8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of
    men[b]—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things
    you do.”
    9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God,
    that you may keep your tradition.

    10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your
    father and your mother’;[c] and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let
    him be put to death.’[d] 11 But you say, ‘If a man says to his father
    or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is
    Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), 12 then you no longer let him do
    anything for his father or his mother, 13 making the word of God of no
    effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many
    such things you do.”

    May Almighty God the Creator bless every one of us who seek the truth.

    AMEN

  2. Obviously you didn’t even bother to read this post, or any of the other posts on this text. Or you simply refused to interact with the text at all. It is very easy to pick out a handful of refs to prove whatever you want, but if you are going to ignore the context and the rest of Scripture then it is worthless.

    I will interact with you on this issue, but only if you deal with the text and post that I have already done. Read all the post and then tell me how I misinterpreted this passage.

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