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Second Sunday of Great Lent: Why Did Christ Perform Miracles?

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Scripture Readings

Hebrews 7:26-8:2

Hebrews 1:10-2:3

John 10:9-16

Mark 2:1-12

 

With a word, by the touch of His hand, or by someone simply touching His clothes, our Lord Jesus Christ performed all kinds of miracles.  He changed water into wine, multiplied fish and bread, healed the sick, cleansed lepers, opened the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf, and even raised the dead.  And yet, many people have wondered why He performed miracles at all.  Wasn’t it enough that He gave us His teachings, which taught us to love God above all and to love our neighbors as ourselves?

Some Christians have said that He performed miracles to show people that He was not just some ordinary preacher, but that He had the power to make real changes in people—healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, making cripples walk, and raising the dead.  This explanation, however, falls short of our Lord’s real purpose in performing miracles.  

The Church teaches that Christ’s miracles are actually signs that show us Who He is and what He has come to do for us.

When the paralyzed man’s friends broke up the roof and lowered him down through it so that the Lord would heal him, they showed that their faith in Jesus was strong, that they were certain that He could heal their poor friend who was unable to even move.  But when our Lord saw the paralyzed man, He told him, “Your sins are forgiven.”  Nobody expected this.  This caused a problem with the scribes who knew that only God can forgive sins.  Christ knew what the scribes were thinking and asked them, “Which is easier to say to [this man], ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed, and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” He said to the paralyzed man, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ forgave the man’s sins and healed him to show us that He is God in the flesh and that He desires that we would be whole and free, not paralyzed by sin.  His miracles show us that He wants us to see, hear, speak, walk, and live just as He does.

 

QUIZ

  1. What good things can we say about the friends of the paralyzed man?
  2. Name another miracle that our Lord Jesus Christ performed.
  3. What lesson do you think He was trying to teach with this other miracle?
  4. Since God forgives us of our sins, how should we live our lives?

 

Bonus Question

  1. What is the connection between sin and being paralyzed?