Jesus got into a boat, crossed the sea, and came to his own city.
Some people brought him a paralyzed man on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Cheer up, friend! Your sins are forgiven."
Then some of the scribes thought, "He's dishonoring God."
Jesus knew what they were thinking. He asked them, "Why are you thinking evil things?
Is it easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." Then he said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go home."