Mark 2:3-5 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. ¶ When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
If you really think about it, we are all like this paralyzed man. Some are paralyzed with fear, others with their anger and unforgiveness, somehow the circumstances of life have gotten the best of us. This man had a physical handicap, but his real problem was lurking just below the surface. From what Jesus said to him we see that he needed more than just a physical healing, he was dealing with a sin problem. Jesus didn’t just deal with the obvious symptoms, He went to the heart of the matter. This paralyzed man had some hidden secrets in his life that had left him incapacitated. If you really think about it, just fixing the circumstances in our lives will seldom solve the problem, we often need something more than the obvious. We need The Lord to work on the hidden man of the heart. Here is something Matthew Henry said about this passage.
“The presenting of a poor cripple to him, to be helped by him. The patient was one sick of the palsy, it should seem not as that, grievously tormented, but perfectly disabled, so that he was borne of four, was carried upon a bed, as if he had been upon a bier, by four persons. It was his misery, that he needed to be so carried, and bespeaks the calamitous state of human life; it was their charity, who did so carry him, and bespeaks the compassion that it is justly expected should be in the children of men toward their fellow-creatures in distress, because we know not how soon the distress may be our own. These kind relations or neighbors thought, if they could but carry this poor man once to Christ, they should not need to carry him any more; and therefore made hard shift to get him to him; and when they could not otherwise get to him, they uncovered the roof where he was.”
Often times, it is our misery that brings us to God. If you are the “paralyzed man” today know that there is recovery for you from whatever brought your conditions to the fore front. You may find yourself laying at the feet of Jesus, that is best place on this earth to be. If you are not that man then you must be one of his friends. If you watch and listen carefully, you will recognize the hurting people all around you. They are there on purpose. You are in their lives to carry them to God. So why not get started? Maybe there is a house to climb up on and a roof to tear off.