Taking Jesus seriously

“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralysed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went
home praising God. Luke 5.24-25

This is such a dramatic healing story! A man is lowered through the roof by his friends because they could not get him through the crowded room to Jesus. Imagine the room full of dust from the broken ceiling, with people looking at the paralysed man hanging mid-air, supported only by the ropes being held by his friends! How did he feel? We actually know very little about the man himself, but he does seem to be a man of faith who was prepared to believe what Jesus said.

Just before this verse, we are told that the first thing Jesus said to him was that his
sins had been forgiven – perhaps this had to happen before his legs could be healed. Presumably the man believed what Jesus said and accepted his forgiveness, which then opened the door for Jesus to do more. It is interesting that when he told the man to take his mat and go home, the man obeyed and got up immediately. We have no idea whether or not he felt God’s power surge through him, but he certainly was quick to believe what Jesus said and to act upon it.

Many people long for healing – to hear Jesus tell them to pick up their mat and walk. Until that happens, be quick to listen to what Jesus is saying to you in the Bible; that your sins are forgiven and God’s love has been poured into your heart. Say “yes” to these truths, believe them and put them into practice in your life.

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