“And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” Mark 2:5 ESV
When I imagine this scene — a group so determined to get a man in close proximity to Jesus that they removed portions of a roof and lowered him down through the hole — I can’t help but wonder about their reactions to Jesus’ proclamation, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
“His sins are forgiven? That’s not why we schlepped him all the way across town! What good is that? Can Jesus not plainly see his real need? Look at his legs, Jesus! They don’t work!”
Oh, but Jesus did see his real need –
just as He sees ours.
He knows that before we can walk in spiritual freedom, we must first acknowledge the paralysis of our soul. While physical limitations are decidedly difficult, remaining in a state of spiritual brokenness is infinitely worse.
Jesus is most concerned with the state of our souls. He best knows our need. For as long as we approach the throne of mercy and grace seeking healing on our own terms, we can expect to remain immobile — spiritually or otherwise.
I don’t know about you, but I want to walk.