The question for today is: Can a believer in Jesus trust God for the healing (inside or outside) of another person? The answer (or at least one answer) is found in Mark 2:1-12, where it tells the story of four men who brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus to be healed. When they got to His house, they couldn’t even get in the door, so they went up on the roof, cut a hole, and lowered the guy down into the room, right beside Jesus. Then verse 5 says, “Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ ” When the Pharisees condemned Him for forgiving sins, denying His authority, He said, “I’ll prove that I have the authority to forgive sins.” He turned to the man and said, “Stand up, get your mat and go home.” Miraculous healing.
Where did it come from? Verse 5 begins with, “Seeing their faith . . .” Whose faith? Must’ve been the four men. They had enough faith to go to the trouble to bring the guy to Jesus. Just regular guys talking about how this Jesus was going around healing people, and their friend had been paralyzed for a long time, and who knows? What would it hurt? So they packed him up and took him down there. And when they got there the place was packed. They couldn’t possibly get in. But they didn’t give up. They kept on pushing the envelope until they reached their goal, to get the guy in front of Jesus. They didn’t know what would happen. But it might be worth a try. It’s almost funny. The passage never said a word about what the paralyzed guy thought about the whole thing. He apparently never said a word. All he did was follow instructions. “He jumped up, grabbed his mat and took off.”
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