The Gospel of Mark is a must-read Book! Jesus is presented as the Servant. The servant goes about his business immediately. You will find that word, or its equivalent more than forty times in this Gospel. As the youngster would say, “He puts his pedal to the metal.
We have been to Capernaum and as I stood on the fringes of the synagogue, I had no problem envisioning some of the things that happened when Christ is at home. It did not take long for everyone to know when He was present…still does not! He arrives and they arrive…many of them! There was no room in the Inn when He was born and certainly not here, even close to the door.
Four men arrive with a paralytic on a pallet. So intent were they to get help for this man, that even while Jesus was speaking the word to them, they ascended to the roof, dug an opening, and let the pallet down where Christ was standing.
It is important that we understand the underlying love these men had for this paralytic. I do not know all that they endured to do what they did, but I guarantee everyone present understood. Most important, Jesus understood. He saw the faith of those men. They had carried this man there, they spotted a possible route, (through the roof) went up there and dug through a house that they did not own and let him down. It does not say that the paralytic expressed his faith, but it does say that “Jesus seeing their faith”. I know the feeling of that man for I too have experienced situations that the faith of my brothers and sisters in Christ effectuated Christ’s response to my needs.
Whenever a need arises and prayer goes up to the Lord or action is taken to indicate one’s action toward another’s need, our Lord Jesus Christ responds. However, there are always a few “scribes” sitting on the sidelines with some negative comments. Jesus speaks to the occasion: “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven; or to say, “Get up, pick up your pallet and go home.”
They were “amazed” and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” Of course not! They were in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and He was asserting His power. He spoke again: “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.”
He does what he is instructed. He does not linger for the TV cameras, or for the applaud of those present; nor did he go back to the “scribes” who had berated what the Lord had done, and: “They were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”
Who knows what God might choose to do on your behalf or mine!