Mark Chapter Two, The Religious Opposition...

In our study of Mark chapter two, we will look at the nature of Jesus' ministry and the opposition that arose from the teachers of the law. 

Mark 2:1

"A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home." NIV translation

We notice that this verse says that "he had come home" but Jesus was raised in Nazareth.

In chapter one, we saw that Jesus had established his ministry headquarters in the home of Peter at Capernaum.

Mark 2:2

"So many gathered there that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them." NIV translation

We also saw that, because the man with leprosy told everyone how he had been cured, Jesus was mobbed by people looking for a physical healing. This led to a packed house at Capernaum where He shared the word with them.

Mark 2:3 & 4

"Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man, was lying on." NIV translation

We often forget that this was Peter's house and there must have been a great deal of shock as the roof was opened up and a mat descended. There was such a crowd of people looking for healing that the men could not get their friend to see Jesus so they took drastic measures. We have to ask ourselves whether we are that desperate to have our friends and family come to Jesus.

Mark 2:5

"When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.'" NIV translation

Jesus had compassion for the paralyzed man and told him that his sins were forgiven. This is a good reminder that, when we come to Jesus, He will show compassion to us as well.

Mark 2:6 & 7

"Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 'Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?'" NIV translation

Now we see the start of the opposition to Jesus' ministry. Many were coming for physical healing but that was not the purpose of His ministry. Jesus came on a spiritual ministry but the people got caught up in the physical. We see that these teachers of the law were actually in the house with Jesus and they did not oppose the healing that was going on but, when there was a hint of His spiritual ministry, they immediately opposed Him. It is much the same today as it seems that many want to get caught up in a healing ministry or some other physical thing and ignore the more serious matters of the spirit.