“And when he saw their faith, he said, ‘Man, your sins are forgiven you…that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the man who was paralyzed—’I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.’” Luke 5:20, 24
What is your greatest longing in this moment? What do you consider to be your deepest need? In this vignette, we see a man who was crippled whose friends bring him to Jesus presumably for healing. But, what does Jesus do? He does not immediately heal the man. Jesus is not blind; He can see that this man is disabled and needs physical healing. However, Jesus sees a need that is far deeper and far greater than any physical incapacities one might have. He sees into depths of every one of our souls and says to each and every one of us, “Come to me — in utter desperation, helplessness, and need; and put all your trust, hope and confidence in me and my Divine Ability — and you will have your sins forgiven.”
Jesus went on to heal this man in order to show “that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (v24). But the text makes it very clear that the purpose of this man’s physical brokenness was meant to show the deeper and more pressing need of the spiritual brokenness that is in all of us. Maybe you are sick, broken, or disabled in some way and you have begged the Lord to heal you. This text is meant to point you to the fact that Jesus came to forgive sinners and one day, when Jesus comes to take you home, your physical brokenness will be no more! We not only have the guarantee of forgiveness, righteousness in Christ, acceptance with our Father, and joy now; but we have the promise of an eternal inheritance, new bodies that will never die again, and fullness of joy and everlasting pleasures in the presence of our great God forevermore. Trust in Him today and everyday until that Day when we see Him face to face and are transformed into glory!
Heavenly Father, we need Your help. Cause us to see the eternal spiritual realities: That we are sinners and Jesus came to save us from our sin. Help us to live with our eyes fixed on the last Day when we will be made completely new and enjoy Your presence forever! I ask in Jesus’ name, and for Your name’s sake. Amen.