And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 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. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 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. - Mark 1:40 – 2:4
Jesus & the Old Testament
Jesus’ public ministry lasted about three years, and in saying this it makes us realise that everything he did, everything he said, and everything that surrounded him did not happen by chance, because time was short and God was not wasting his, and our, time. There was a reason for everything, all of it pointing to who he is, where he came from, what he is doing, and what the Old Testament says about him. One of the clearest, most simple, statements of what the gospel is, is found in 1 Corinthians 15:4-5:
“Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures… He was buried… He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”
: And the Scriptures referred to here, of course, is the Old Testament. The Old Testament has a lot to say about Jesus and the New Testament gives us clues where to look. When I see that word “Leper”, I know I have to go back, I know there is a reason, this isn’t just a sickness, another healing; God is trying to tell us something about Jesus.