And getting into a boat
he crossed over
and came to v his own city.
w And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed.
And when Jesus x saw their faith,
he said to the paralytic,
y “Take heart, my son;
z your sins are forgiven.”
And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves,
a “This man is blaspheming.”
b ...knowing 1 their thoughts, ...
“Why do you think evil in your hearts?
For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—
he then said to the paralytic—
pick up your bed
and go home.”
And he rose
and went home.
When the crowds saw it,
c they were afraid,
and c they glorified God,
who had d given such authority to men.
The Preeminence of Christ 15 i He is the image of j the invisible God, k the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by 1 him all things were created, l in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether m thrones or n dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created o through him and for him. 17 And p he is before all things, and in him all things q hold together. 18 And r he is the head of the body, the church. He is s the beginning, t the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For u in him all the v fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and w through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, x making peace y by the blood of his cross.
FB Live notes (Feb. 26/21): Reasons for arcing a narrative: 1. Arcing helps you outline and connect events. Don't worry about seeing lots of Progressions - that what a narrative does, show one event happening after another. In the big picture of a narrative, events are related to events, not logical propositions to logical propositions. An arc can help you see the different "scenes" an author has divided. Then you ask, "How do these events relate to each other, to make the main point of the narrative?" 2. Arcing helps you focus on the logic that is in the passage (e.g. 4a-b, 8a-8bd). In the little details of a narrative, you can often see logical relationships. Not just epistles have logic! All Scripture is thoughtfully composed, with good reasons for why propositions follow each other. So Arcing helps you throughout the Bible. 3. Arcing helps you look for logic when there aren't connecting words (e.g. 2d-e). This is especially helpful in narrative. Examples in this narrative: 1. What are the events in this narrative, and how do they relate to each other? I see v. 1 as setting up the story, transitioning from the previous narrative (8:28-34). Then there are four other "episodes": v. 2, v. 3, v. 4-7, and v. 8. Verses 4-7 are a result of v. 3, and all of 3-7 is a result of 2. Then 8 is a result of all of 2-7. Forgiveness led to a wrong response by the scribes: an accusation of blasphemy. But this accusation led to a greater demonstration of Jesus' power, and a clearer one, since he explained what he was doing. And all of this led to God being glorified by the crowds. 2 and 3. What important logic do we see in the passage, both explicit and implicit? 2d-e (a reason for us to be encouraged) 6a-b (Jesus' power over the natural realm reveals his power over the spiritual realm) 5ab-6ae (in spite of the impossibility of both, Jesus can do both) Application of this narrative: How do we respond to Jesus' words and miracles? With fear and glory, or with judgment? Notice the power of Jesus' word - just like God, who created all things with his Word! Jesus is, in fact, the very Word of God . The Father is restoring creation through the same Word with which he originally made creation. Only this creation required action - the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. *Quote Col 1:15-20 about the first creation (15-17) and the new creation (18-20).