A Divine Interruption

November 04, 2010

“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” – Mark 2:5

Yesterday, we talked about the amazing love four men had for their friend who was paralyzed. Today, let’s take a closer look at some of the known and probable specifics of what actually happened that day.

First of all, if you were the homeowner, you’d probably be thinking, “Hey, I was nice enough to have these folks over to hear Jesus and now some guys are digging a whole in my roof!” I imagine everyone who could see what was going on probably forgot all about what Jesus was saying, as they watched in shock as part of the roof began to open.

Jesus’ response and how He dealt with the interruption – because Jesus just saw it as a divine interruption – is great stuff. Where you and I would see it as a rude interruption, Jesus saw it as a divine appointment. I have a feeling that Jesus probably looked up, smiling, and thought something like, “Well, what have we here?” But the key is what He says next really bewildered the folks. “When Jesus saw their faith, He said (to the paralytic), ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” Forgiven for what? The man was paralyzed, for crying out loud. What could he have done wrong? The four men brought their friend to be healed!

Jesus reminded them, and all of us, the main thing – of the eternal picture versus the temporal one. Everyone’s greatest need is forgiveness of sin. It’s a heart need. Physical needs are temporal. Spiritual needs are eternal. And that’s what’s most important.