Genesis 31; Mark 2 Esther 7; Romans 2
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that they there was not room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
I love how Jesus transforms moments of confusion and frustration.
Four friends persevere through packed crowds to get their broken friend to the only hope of healing. Jostled and bumped, he is hoisted above the crowds and onto a flat roof.
Inside the house, Jesus’ teaching is interrupted by the overhead clattering and breaking of clay and wattle. Debris and dirt descend upon him as the ceiling is broken through. Dust rises through the sunlight as four men peer down at the crowd below and then, slowly the paralyzed man is lowered down on his mat to lie at the feet of Jesus.
Jesus would have every human reason to be irritated by the chaos and confusion, but he sees through all of that. He honors the men who love their friend so dearly.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Matt 2:5
The authority of Jesus is questioned and he responds.
“But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” He said to the paralytic, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
Up gets the paralytic and with mat in hand does simply what he has been told to do. He walks home. The crowd is left gaping in amazement.
Who is this man who can forgive sins and heal broken bodies? He brings wholeness and healing to chaos and need. He changed all the rules back then and continues to do so today. I am counting on this every day of my life.
Lord, you know the mess and confusion in and around me, and you take great delight in reordering my world. Thank you for never turning away from me when you have every right to. Thank you for your gifts of forgiveness and healing and always sending me away changed. I love you and your ways.