Authority to Forgive
Passage: Matthew 9:1–8
HOME GROUP DISCUSSION
- What was Jesus famous for at the time the men mentioned in Matthew 9:1-8 brought their friend to see him? What were they expecting?
- Did Jesus initially respond to them in the way they were expecting? Why do you think Jesus began his interaction with them by ignoring the man's need for healing?
- Who were the Scribes mentioned in verse 3? How did the Scribes rightly react to Jesus' unexpected response? How did the Scribes react wrongly?
- What did Jesus mean by "easier?" What do Jesus' words and actions say about who Jesus is? Does your response to Jesus include fear as it did for those who witnessed all these interactions? Why is that important?