Summary: Jesus supports all the medical efforts to heal all diseases, even those that are caused by sin.
People who survive great dangers and diseases are often
creative people who do the unusual. Robert Muller, in his
memoirs, Most Of All, They Taught Me Happiness, tells of
how creative he became under pressure. In 1943 he was a
member of the French Resistance. Using the name of
Parizot, he infiltrated a government agency, and was able to
gather information on German troop movements. He was
tipped off that the Nazis were on to him, and coming to
arrest him. He fled to the attic of his office building.
Gestapo men were soon searching the premises.
Muller knew he had to come up with a plan to survive.
So he took off his glasses, and slick down his hair, and
grabbed a file folder, and walked down stairs. He walked
right into the office where his secretary was being
interrogated. He asked her what all the excitement was
about. She didn't bat an eye, but said the gentlemen were
looking for Parizot. "Parizot!" He exclaimed. "I just saw
him a few minutes ago on the fourth floor." The Nazis
rushed upstairs, and Muller was led to safety by his friends.
Cleverness and creativity are the keys to surviving what
seem like hopeless situations. We see it in the realm of
diseases also. Senator Frank Church of Idaho was told at age
33 that he had incurable cancer, and he was given 6 months
to live. He decided to take chances, and he submitted to a
new radiation treatment just being developed. He also
decided to take chances, and be creative with his life. He
went into politics and sponsored risky legislation on
civil-rights and the environment. He was the first Senator to
publicly oppose the Viet Nam war. He did eventually die of
his cancer, but not until 1984, which was 37 years after he
was given 6 months.
The point is, people who are clever and creative, and who
chose to do the unusual, are the people who experience the
exceptional in life. They survive when others parish. They
are restored to health when others die. The paralytic in Mark
2 is just such a man. He was bed ridden, and yet he got his
body where men with two good legs could not get. Jesus was
surrounded by people, and no one could even get through the
door into the house, let alone, near to Jesus.
Even Zacchaeus's idea of climbing a tree would not work
here, for Jesus was in the house. We don't know if it was his
idea, or that of his friends carrying him, but they were like
an ancient ambulance team who got their patient to the
doctor on time. When the normal route is closed, you need to
come up with a creative alternative to reach a goal. This
team recognized that sometimes you have to start at the top
and work down, and that is what they did.
They created a skylight before anybody thought of such a
thing, and let their patient down through the roof right into
the presence of Jesus. They had no doubt what would
happen, for Jesus, as far as the record reveals, never had a
sick person in His presence that He did not heal. We have no
hint that any sick person ever went away saying, "I am not
healed." Nor do we have any record of Jesus ever walking
away from a sick person, and not healing them. They knew if
they could just get him into the presence of Jesus, their labor
would not be in vain. Their faith in Jesus motivated them to
be clever and creative.
I've read this account many times, and I always read
verse 5 in a restricted sense. Jesus seeing their faith
responded and healed the paralytic. Their faith, always
meant to me, the faith of the friends who let him down.
Some make a big point of this being their faith, rather than
his faith. It is true, if it would have said his faith, the friends
would be excluded. But saying, their faith, does not exclude
his. The their, is plural, and could refer to all five of the team,
including the young paralytic himself. There is no reason
why he should be excluded, as if he was just a lump of clay,
with no say in what his friends were doing. For all we know,
he was the coach, and the whole thing was his idea from the
start, and the roof route was his creative choice.
All we know for sure is, there were many paralytics who
never walked again, but here was one who carried his bed
home that day. He was the exceptional paralytic. He was
aggressive in his search for a miracle. We have all had
experiences where it was hard to get into see the doctor,