(Christianity) Jesus Heals a Paralytic LUKE 5 17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and religion teachers were sitting around. They had come from nearly every village in Galilee and Judea, even as far away as Jerusalem, to be there. The healing power of God was on him. 18 Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. Impressed by their bold belief, he said, “Friend, I forgive your sins.” 21 That set the religion scholars and Pharisees buzzing. “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemous talk! God and only God can forgive sins.” 22 Jesus knew exactly what they were thinking and said, “Why all this gossipy whispering? Which is simpler: to say ‘I forgive your sins,’ or to say ‘Get up and start walking’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both. . . .” He now spoke directly to the paraplegic: “Get up. Take your bedroll and go home.” Without a moment’s hesitation, he did it – got up, took his blanket, and left for home, giving glory to God all the way. The people rubbed their eyes, incredulous – and then also gave glory to God. Awestruck, they said, “We’ve never seen anything like that!” (MSG Translation) Questions 1. What is “paraplegia”? And what are the different causes for this condition? 2. Discuss the pathophysiology of paraplegia. 3. Jesus said, “Which is simpler: to say ‘I forgive your sins,’ or to say ‘Get up and start walking’? In your opinion, which is simpler: to address the spiritual needs of a patient, or to address the physical needs? 4. Identify the way Jesus dealt with the patient and the men who carried him, and reflect on how this might impact the way you deal with your patients and with their significant others.
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