Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be paralyzed? I have.
I don't think I would like it very much.
I don't think that anyone wakes up in the morning and says "boy oh boy, i think I would like to be paralyzed today!" (and if you do..well thats kinda strange)
In Matthew chapter 9, some dudes bring a paralized guy to Jesus. They cut a hole in the roof and lower him down in hopes that he will be healed. Thats pretty extreme!! They mush have really loved him.
So imagine their surprise when Jesus says "take heart, son! Your sins are forgiven!"
I mean, common! They cut a hole in the ROOF! And Jesus doesn't heal him of his physical paralysis.
Perhaps Jesus did that for a reason. Perhaps he saw a paralysis that went beyond the physical.
Spiritualy Paralized. Have you ever thought about that? Paralyzed (paralysis) means not being able to move. Have you ever felt that way? I know I have. And I know that a lot of times I place myself in that position because of sin that I don't want to let go of.
And sometimes it takes someone who loves me to carry me to the feet of Jesus and plunk me down in front of Him to realize that I haven't been moving for a really really long time.
Yet, as in Matthew, the result isn't always how I imagin.
I am sure the man on the mat expected Jesus to heal him. Everyone did.
But instead Jesus looks beyond the physical, sees the spiritual, and give the man NOT what he wanted, but what he needed....to be healed of the spirital paralysis that sin creates.
And the man accepted that. And I say that for 2 reason.
1) it was not him that challenged Jesus as to whether or not He could forgive sin
2) when Jesus desided to prove the spiritual healing by redeaming the physical.......
the man was READY!!!
when Jesus told him to "stand up, take your mat, and go home because you are healed", he JUMPED up and went home! He had already acknowledged what Jesus had done IN him, and was ready and waiting for Jesus to work THROUGH him, by using him as proof that Jesus did indeed have the authority to forgive sins.
So when the unexpected leads to the anticipated, don't forget to be ready to jump.
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