Stories from the Life of Christ Told to the Children - Janet Kelman

The Sick of Palsy

And again Jesus entered into Capernaum after some days, and it was noised that he was in the house. And many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not as much as about the door; and he preached the word unto them.

And behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in for the press, they went upon the house-top and let him down through the roof with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, "Son, thy sins be forgiven thee."

But there were certain of the Scribes and Pharisees sitting there, and saying in their hearts, "Who can forgive sins but God only?"

But Jesus said unto them, "Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, 'Thy sins be forgiven thee'; or to say, 'Arise, and take up thy bed and walk?' But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins," he saith to the sick of the palsy, "I say unto thee, arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house."

And he arose, took up his bed, and went forth before them all. And they were amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, "We have seen strange things to-day."

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep-market, a pool, which is called Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay many who were blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. And a certain man was there, which had been ill thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, "Wilt thou be made whole?"

The man answered him, "Sir, I have no man when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me."

Jesus saith unto him, "Rise, take up thy bed and walk."

And the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked; and on the same day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him that was cured, "It is the Sabbath day; it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed."

He answered them, "He that made me whole, the same said unto me, 'Take up thy bed and walk.'"

Then asked they him, "What man is that which said unto thee, 'Take up thy bed and walk?'"

And he that was healed wist not who it was; for Jesus had gone away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, "Behold, thou art made whole, sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee."

The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus which had made him whole. Therefore did the Jews seek to slay Jesus, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day.