READ : Mark 2:1-12
Three parts of this remarkable story catch our attention. First, think of the love and faith of the four men who brought their friend to Jesus. He may have given up, but they saw his need and believed that the One who had healed others could help him. Two are better than one, and a threefold cord cannot be broken. Four united in prayer have tremendous power to bring Divine grace into any situation.
Second, the four men were creative in surmounting all obstacles. They lowered the paralytic through the roof on ropes. The people surrounding Jesus were keeping others away from Him, as some do today. We are cautious about Divine healing because there have been many abuses. Often healing has been done for money or power, not for the glory of God. We may have to surmount obstacles in getting proper healing care for a loved one. We must use patience, perseverance, and prayer to get busy doctors and nurses to bring the right medications, or to try alternative medicines in dealing with the sick.
Finally, we note the connection between paralysis and guilt. Doctors have discovered that guilt can immobilize. Jesus said, “Man, your sins are forgiven.” He then gave the command, over the objections of the religious leaders, for the man to fold up his cot and walk. The Great Physician made him whole.
Thank You, Lord, for Your forgiveness and healing, which comes through faith. Amen.