And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd,
they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through,
they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying (Mark 2:4)

In the story of the paralytic, the greatest barrier to healing appears at first glance to be physical: there was the crowd that filled the house. Then there were the walls and roof. Finally, the distance: the paralytic had to rely on his mates to carry him to the place Jesus was. His buddies overcame these hindrances with a mixture of purpose, pluck and perseverance. They had a huge dose of “do-or-die-don’t-give-a-fig” determination to usher their paralyzed friend right under the Master’s nose. 

Let’s pose a hypothetical question. Would the paralyzed man been healed had he not been lowered before Jesus? Maybe not. Why? Because there is a close correlation between action and faith. It works like this. Many times in the scripture, desperate acts are equated with real faith! Breaking through the roof was desperate. Waiting timidly outside the house would have been civil, but ineffective. The heat might have beaten the friends back and they might have left worn out and empty handed. Or had Jesus emerged, the crowd would still have made Him inaccessible. God responds to faith more than our tears, civility and customs. These latter may actually be barriers!

But I think the greatest barrier to miracles is unbelief. Luke tells us the power of God was present to heal the crowd (Lk 5:17). So faith was high. But when Jesus spoke forgiveness of sins to the paralytic, cynicism set in (Mk 2:6-7). So in the crowd only one group of people had faith: the paralytic and his friends! All three gospels has this phrase: “When Jesus saw THEIR faith..” then He spoke forgiveness of sins first, then healing to the paralytic. The man simply got up (by faith) and walked out with his bed! But did you notice else equally astounding? No one else was healed that day!

Ps Dr Philip Lyn

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