Jesus and his disciples went back to his own town.
Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat.
Jesus saw their faith, and said to the paralyzed man,
"Be encouraged! your sins are forgiven."
"He thinks he is God!"
Then some of the teachers of religious law said among themselves.
and Jesus knew what they were thinking,
"What are you thinking such evil thoughts?
I will prove that I have the authority on earth to forgive sins."
Then Jesus said to the paralyzed man,
"Stand up, take your mat, and go home, you're healed now."
The man jumped up and went home.
The crowd praised God for sending a man with such great authority.