And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But 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.” And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”
by: Jasmine Lynch.
How much sacrifice are you willing to make to bring your friends to Jesus? One must admire these friends for carrying the paralyzed man to Jesus for healing. They wanted the man to be healed and nothing could stand in their way of getting close to Jesus, even if they had to remove a portion of the roof to get to make it happen. I can just imagine the men agreeing to split the cost of replacing the roof—a calculated sacrifice they decided was worth the cost. That is a true example of love. Jesus did not disappoint them—He healed both body and soul, forgiving the man of his sins. Neither will He disappoint you.