In Matthew 9 we read that “Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’”
Of course, the teachers of the law were bent out of shape, claiming Jesus was saying things he shouldn’t. But what about the guys who went to some trouble (even tearing an opening in the roof to bypass the crowd) to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus?
I can hear them saying, if not out loud then at least in their thoughts, “No Jesus…I mean that’s nice and all, but we were really hoping you’d get him up on his feet.”
“I am,” Jesus essentially says. “This is where the healing begins. I can help him walk, but it’s how he walks that counts.”
This is the healing I need. My two good legs are as good as useless to me if they aren’t guided by a good heart.
Jesus knows that when we walk as forgiven people, we can walk as forgiving people. Which is what we all must become.
Jesus knows the primary healing we need is forgiveness.
It’s what we most desperately need to receive, and what we most desperately need to give.