“Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . He said to the paralytic, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’” (Mark 2:9-11 )

When the paralytic’s friends brought him to Jesus, they came hoping Jesus would heal their friend. In fact, they were so sure that Jesus could heal him that when they realized they could not get their paralyzed friend into the house where Jesus was, they dismantled the roof and lowered him down. These men believed without a doubt that Jesus could heal their friend and they were not going to leave until He did. 

But what happened after they lowered their paralyzed friend down from the roof top was something these four friends did not expect. “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” Forgiveness? They didn’t come seeking forgiveness, they came seeking healing! 

Jesus knew why they came. Jesus knew the man couldn’t walk. Jesus knew He could heal the man. But Jesus also knew the deeper need the man had. It’s not that there was specific sin in the man’s life that caused him to be paralyzed, but paralyzed or not, because of the man’s sins he needed God’s forgiveness. 

It’s the same for us all. It’s why Jesus came here. It’s why John the Baptist said of Jesus, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). 

The paralyzed man received healing but he also received immeasurably more – forgiveness.

When Jesus said to him, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home,” the man took up his mat and walked.  The man was healed. He was able to walk. He was healed and forgiven. Praise God! It was more than he imagined. It was more than his friends asked for. It was “immeasurably more.”

As you work on this campaign process in your ministry, pray that the Lord will provide immeasurably more through this effort. Not just more than enough money to build your building or expand your ministry. But how about also lives transformed, hope renewed, faith inspired, and more. 

As God reveals results that are immeasurably more, may you respond as the people who witnessed the paralyzed man who was healed: “This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’” Praise be to God!

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