Flip Flop - The Capernaum Flip #1
Scripture Reference: Luke 5:17-26
This a series entitled “Flip Flop.” One of the trends in America right now is flipping houses. Where someone has the ability to look at a place that looks trashed and needs to be torn down and make it into something desirable.
Jesus does the same thing throughout the scriptures. He takes what looks like a Flop of a situation and Flips it.
The impact of this series is for us to the see people and situations around us with the eyes of faith to “Flip It”!
There is something that happens when you “Flip It”. You move out of Theology (Knowledge) and get you into Authority (Experience).
1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts?9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’?10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.”7 And he rose and went home. 8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18 And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts?23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.”25 And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. 26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”
The Scene of the Flop
The town is reported to have been near the hometown of the apostlesSimon Peter, Andrew, Jamesand John, as well as the tax collectorMatthew. One Sabbath, Jesus taught in the synagogue in Capernaum and healed a man who had the unclean spirit.
According to Luke 7:1–10, it is also the place where a Roman Centurionasked Jesusto heal his servant. Capernaum is also mentioned in the Gospel of Mark(2:1), it is the location of the famous healing of the paralytic lowered through the roof to reach Jesus which we are learning about today.
Jesus selected this town as the center of his public ministry in the Galilee after he left Nazareth(Matthew 4:12–17).
The largest homes in Capernaum, would fit about 50 people in them, if the people were standing really close together.
People did not live in homes like ours, with a separate bedroom for each person. There was just one or two rooms where everything took place.
Homes at that time did not have roofs like your house or mine. The roofs were made with branches that were laid across the ceiling beams. The branches were packed with mud that dried in the sun. They were sturdy enough to walk on but could be dug through. Often, there were outside staircases leading up to the rooftops.
So, let’s picture Jesus, packed into a very simple home that was full of people. People spilled out around the front door. They stood on their tiptoes, craning their necks to see Jesus; they leaned into the windows just to hear what Jesus had to say.
17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.
The Pharisees and the Scribes had a theology of healingbut were not healing. In fact, they were actually the ones preventing a healing from happening. This was a Flop then, but it is just as much a Flop in churches today.
Jesus had the authority of healing.
Scribes in the Bible were teachers of the law.
Pharisees were the enforcers of the Scribes. They were the “Holy Police.” Pharisee literally means separated one. So, they would separate themselves from the sinful and not realizing sin comes from within not from the outside.
A lot of people have theology of a lot of things but never seem to walk in authority of anything.
Theology knows what the Bible says; Authority sees Bible results.
So, the question is who was the real paralytic in the story? This was an amazing parallel because Jesus didn’t say you're healed, he said “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
This man is an amazing illustration. He has a physical disability, but the Pharisees had paralyzed the movement of God. Until the birth of Jesus there were 400 silent years.
When Jesus said “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” The Pharisees could have got in on it and had an experience like Jairus the Synagogue Ruler.
What sin is paralyzing you where Jesus is saying “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” so you can get up and walk!
Here is a great test of Religious Theology vs. Jesus Authority is how you react when someone gets what you need. Get out of Theology and get into Authority.
Who/What is standing in the way of your miracle? Maybe it is someone you need to forgive. Maybe it is a bad church experience. Maybe it is a toxic environment.
Now that you have identified the “Who/What” how are you going to get past it? The Flip!
18 And behold, some men (The First GroupLife)were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
It is time for you to have a miracle, but it is also time for you to be a miracle.
“Some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed,”
- 5 Loaves & 2 Fish: Jesus broke the bread and gave thanks and the miracle happened in the disciple’s hands.
- Water to Wine: Jesus turned “Water into Wine” but the miracle happened on the Journey. The miracle happened in servant’s hands.
- The account of this Story in Matthew, Mark and Luke the verbiage is a little different in each Gospel except for one Phrase “Jesus saw their faith.”
All of these miracles happened in the hands of someone other than Jesus.
There is a world of people out there paralyzed in sin and paralyzed physically just waiting for you to “Pass the Bread” “Carry Water” and Pick up the paralyzed.” It is time that we “Bring Jesus to them” and “Bring them to Jesus.”
You are someone else's miracle. Here is a great test of Religious Theology vs. Jesus Authority is how you react when someone gets what you need.
Flipping the Flop
Whenever you are doing a house project it never goes as planned. Bring them to Jesus but realize where there is movement there will always be friction.
19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.
I am not sure why most Christians do not believe in “Friction.”
Friction - is the forceresisting the relative motion
- When the Bible says “Greater” it means there is something challenging greatness.
- When the Bible says “Over comer” there is something to over come.
- When the Bible “More than a Conqueror” there is something trying to conqueror you.
But most Christians are in shock when they encounter “friction.
- Friction: The Crowd; But faith found the stairs.
- Friction: The Roof; But Faith started digging.
- Friction: The distance from the roof to Jesus; Faith found a way to lower him.
Faith isn’t about the supernatural; it is what you do in the natural.
What are you going to do after the “Flip”?
- Idols:Many make an idol of our bed. We idolize what we are healed from rather than lifting up the healer.
- Pharisee:Many turn into Pharisees. Remember how great it felt to be forgiven of your sin? When a miracle and life transformation takes place in the church we don’t celebrate the miracle but question why God healed or forgave them.
- Go Home: We go home and don’t change rather than going and changing the Home.
The reason most people never become someone else's miracle is because we idolize what is behind and never step out in faith to the “Next Flip” that is ahead.
Today God is wanting to notice “Some Men!!!”
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