“When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.”
A paralyzed man is forgiven of his sins when Jesus saw “their faith”. This does not negate the doctrine of personal faith in order for a persons sins to be forgiven, however; it demonstrates that most of the time, if not all the time, personal faith is planted in us by the faith of others. The man of the palsy hopelessly could not get within ear shot of Jesus. It took the faith of four men to bring him there. We don’t know exactly how long the journey was but we know because of “their faith” , by the time this man of the palsy was laying before Jesus , He believed and his sins were forgiven. We can learn a lot from “their faith”
- It was a compassionate faith. The rest of the crowd passed this man right up never even acknowledging him, much less brining him. They looked down upon him and said what’s the use. But these four showed the compassion of Jesus, making a difference.
- It was a carrying faith. It’s one thing to invite someone but another thing to give up your time and energy to bring them. Jesus did more than just come down to earth and acknowledge us, He carried our sin on the cross!
- It was a cooperating faith. This man couldn’t be brought to Jesus by just one for he was a lame man. It would take a man on all 4 corners of this man”s pitiful gurney to get him to Jesus.
- It was a committed faith. When they got to the house it was noised and overflowing, but it did not stop them from getting the lame man to Jesus. They could have just dropped him off but “their faith” went further. As it was said of Jesus in the garden of gethsemane, “ he went a little further”. How far would you go to get someone sins forgiven? They went as far as cutting a whole in the roof and letting the man down to Jesus.
These are just a few of the characteristics of “their faith” Jesus saw. Does He see this faith in you? What a great thing to see Jesus forgiving while Jesus sees your faith! I pray we can have “their faith” and see someone forgiven in the assembly of God’s people tomorrow.