Once upon a time, there was a man named Jesus who lived in Galilee. He was known for performing miracles and helping people in need. One day, four friends brought a paralyzed man to Jesus. The man was unable to walk, and they wanted Jesus to heal him.

However, when they arrived at the house where Jesus was staying, there were so many people gathered that they could not get in. Undeterred, they climbed onto the roof, dug a hole, and lowered the paralyzed man down to Jesus.

When Jesus saw the man and the faith of his friends, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Some of the people who were there were shocked, thinking that only God could forgive sins. But Jesus knew what they were thinking, and he said, “Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”

And then, to everyone’s amazement, Jesus told the paralyzed man to get up, take his mat, and go home. The man got up, picked up his mat, and walked out in front of everyone. The people were filled with wonder and awe at the miracle they had just witnessed, and they praised God for what they had seen.

Jesus showed that he had power to forgive sins and heal people’s bodies. He proved that he was the Son of Man with authority on earth. The friends who brought the paralyzed man to Jesus and the man himself learned that faith and belief in Jesus could lead to forgiveness and healing.

The Holy Bible: New International Version, Zondervan, 2011.

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