And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Fear not; from now on you shall catch men.
And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and sought him, saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.
And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be you clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.
And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went on the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the middle before Jesus.
And when he saw their faith, he said to him, Man, your sins are forgiven you.
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said to them, What reason you in your hearts?
Whether is easier, to say, Your sins be forgiven you; or to say, Rise up and walk?
But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, (he said to the sick of the palsy,) I say to you, Arise, and take up your couch, and go into your house.
And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that where on he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.
*This story illustrates who Jesus Christ is. He is God and He is able to forgive us of our sins and heal us of the diseases that affect us.