“…they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.”
The story of the palsied man and his friends lowering him down into the house where Jesus was teaching happened outwardly. This story reminds us that we must do all within our being to physically come into the Presence of Jesus Christ as the power of the Lord is always present to heal. If that means tearing a roof off the top of a building, or climbing a few extra steps to get there, nothing shall stand in the way of us coming into the Presence of our Lord.
In our walk of faith, we must also take this same story and apply it to what Jesus Christ is seeking to perform spiritually within our hearts and lives. This story of an outward act of faith must also take place within us spiritually in the house where the Holy Spirit resides in our hearts.
We must diligently seek to uncover the roof and enlarge the opening of our hearts to lay down the bed of our needs before the feet of Jesus Christ in an act of faith. Whatever is holding our palsied hearts to our proverbial beds must be brought before the Lord in an act of faith to receive the healing power of God. Religious works, science, wisdom of man, or our own goodness does not heal and deliver us from the captivity of our beds. Only faith the size of a mustard seed and the Love, Mercy, and Grace of Jesus Christ can set us free from the affliction that weighs us down. For it is written, “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).
Jesus seeing such a diligent act of faith on our part will reward us with healing our sicknesses, anxieties, and casting His Peace into our hearts to put away the fears and worries that plagues our mind, body, and spirit. If we are willing to lay it all down before Him, He is just, merciful, and compassionate to take up our palsied hearts and make us whole by His Grace. The Lord never turns anyone away who desires and desperately needs His touch. We may come in lame and palsied, but a touch from Jesus allows us to rise, take up our beds, and walk in the newness of life that forgiveness and healing brings. Like the palsied man, a touch from the Lord will send us hopping and skipping all the way home praising Jesus for all that He has done for us.
Unfortunately, the religious cynic may try to demean our joy in the Lord. Some may say, and possibly mock, “Jesus never hopped, skipped, jumped, or danced, so if you attempting to be like Christ, why are you doing these things?” Though true, Jesus never hopped, skipped, danced, or jumped as far as we know; however, what we do know is that everyone He touched, healed, delivered, and saved danced with joy in the Holy Ghost all the way home!!!