“A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ ” —Mark 2:1-5 (NIV)
Sickness and Sin
Jesus, the Great Healer, and Forgiver of all sin.
In the account of the healing of the paralytic (the Mark account is printed above), we see a connection between the two—healing and forgiving.
This is not always the case, but God has included this particular story so we might know that forgiveness of sin is the ultimate healing for believers. Sometimes (but not always) sickness and trouble are the direct consequence of sin in our lives, or in the lives of others.
In this case, the forgiveness of sin results in the healing of the body.
The Faith of Friends
In the above example, we also see that the afflicted man does not appear to be the one seeking healing. He has been brought to Jesus by four faithful friends who understand that Jesus can heal him of his lameness. Their devotion is such that they go to extraordinary means to reach Jesus and lay their friend before Him, digging a hole in the roof and lowering him into the room.
The scriptures clearly tell us that it was their faith rather than the faith of the man.
We know from scripture—and experience—that God often uses our hands and feet and mouths to accomplish His work here on earth. But the story of the healing of the paralytic clearly shows that it can be our faith, as well, that brings about healing in other people. We pray for other believers, in faith, believing in God’s power to heal.
He honors that prayer. It is not our faith that does the healing, but God hears the prayer offered in faith and He does the healing.