One Year Bible Notes
Jesus Cleanses a Leper, Jesus Heals a Paralytic, Jesus Calls Levi
While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him. And He ordered him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. ~ Luke 5:12-16
But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. ~ Luke 5:16
A private relationship with God was necessary to keep His divine mind from being polluted by the sinfulness of the world. Jesus had a human body and He lived in the world just like we do. So how much more should we retreat to a private place in prayer so we can have a private relationship with God?
But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. ~ Luke 5:19
And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. ~ Luke 5:20-25
Christ ignored the paralysis and addressed the man’s greater need first. In doing so, He asserted a prerogative that was God’s alone. His subsequent healing of the man’s paralysis was proof that He had the authority to forgive sins as well. ~ John MacArthur