Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. 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 who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are 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 man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, 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 today!” (Luke 5:17–26)
In today’s text, we read of five men who had enough faith in Jesus to recklessly seek him. As a matter of fact, they were so “reckless” that they took apart the roof of the house where Jesus was teaching, in order to get their sick friend to Jesus for healing. You might call this “holy vandalism” or “reckless evangelism”. What they probably didn’t realize was their sick friends greatest need was not physical healing, but spiritual healing. It is the same with each of us. Often, we take an assessment of our needs and come to the wrong conclusions concerning our needs and how to meet them. But Jesus always gets it right. This man’s and his friend’s greatest need was the forgiveness of sins. And Jesus is not only able to heal physical bodies, but He is also the One Who can offer us forgiveness of sins and spiritual healing. Won’t you come to Jesus for the greatest healing of all?