Mar 2:1-5 ESV – And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.  And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.  And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.  And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.  And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

This passage has always been an interesting one to me. Here is this paralyzed guy whose friends bring him to Jesus to be healed. They cut a hole in the roof to get to Him! They are so sure of the healing, they get as close to Jesus as possible.

What does Jesus do? Forgives him. That is not why there is a hole in the roof. He didn’t come for forgiveness, he came for healing. Jesus has the audacity to call this disabled person a sinner!

At least that’s how it seems at first glance. Jesus knew something that no one else there knew: the man needed forgiveness more than he needed healing!  Even people who are victims of the state of this fallen world are sinners. What we need, more than money, happiness, or healing, is forgiveness.

The audacity of Jesus is that He gives it freely.

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