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Thursday — April 3, 2020

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The Third Station
Jesus Falls the First Time

We recall the incident when Jesus healed the paralytic who had been lowered through the roof. When cured through the merciful love of Jesus the man walked home, giving praise to God (Luke 5:17-26)

17 Now it happened that he was teaching one day, and Pharisees and teachers of the Law, who had come from every village in Galilee, from Judaea and from Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was there so that he should heal.
18 And now some men appeared, bringing on a bed a paralysed man whom they were trying to bring in and lay down in front of him.
19 But as they could find no way of getting the man through the crowd, they went up onto the top of the house and lowered him and his stretcher down through the tiles into the middle of the gathering, in front of Jesus.
20 Seeing their faith he said, ‘My friend, your sins are forgiven you.’
21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to think this over. ‘Who is this man, talking blasphemy? Who but God alone can forgive sins?’
22 But Jesus, aware of their thoughts, made them this reply, ‘What are these thoughts you have in your hearts?
23 Which of these is easier: to say, “Your sins are forgiven you,” or to say, “Get up and walk”?
24 But to prove to you that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,’ — he said to the paralysed man-‘I order you: get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.’
25 And immediately before their very eyes he got up, picked up what he had been lying on and went home praising God.
26 They were all astounded and praised God and were filled with awe, saying, ‘We have seen strange things today.’

The Gospels present Jesus as walking about freely through Palestine preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing the people by his presence and his word. Now on his journey to Calvary Jesus is forced to walk on the way determined by the Roman soldiers — not just walking but carrying the burden of the cross. Jesus stumbles at first at the extra weight and finds it hard to get his balance. All of this was part of the crucifixion process to show that that the prisoner was being punished for some crime. The placard eventually placed above Jesus’ head would read: Jesus Nazareth King of the Jews. This was all done as human beings saw it. Jesus is the Son of God sharing our humanity. He gives added dimension to his actions, including carrying the cross. When Jesus cured the paralytic above from his sins and weakness the man was able to walk again and thereby give praise to God. Here Jesus gets up — struggle though it was — and heads to Calvary giving praise to this heavenly Father. He offers that divine power to us and strengthens us for our journey. He already has done this and will continue to do so.
We walk by faith.

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you;
for by your cross and resurrection you have redeemed the world.

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