Jesus' Authority over Sin
General Idea: Sin is the ultimate cause of spiritual paralysis. No worse infection or illness can confine us. It will control all aspects of our life and eternity to come, unless we are redeemed from it. This passage continues the theme of how Jesus repeatedly goes out of His way to minister to we who are sinners! He seeks out we who are unworthy to receive Him, and then He forgives and heals us. Why does Jesus do this for us? Perhaps because we are sick and paralyzed, needing forgiveness. We have no way to get off our "mat" without His help! We may not be confined to a bed or have our only mobility be a wheelchair. Nevertheless, we are still paralyzed by sin, and in need of His forgiveness.