Let’s look for a moment at chapter 2, verses 3-5. Here it is again:
3 Four men came to him carrying a paralyzed man. 4 Since they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof over the place where Jesus was. Then they lowered the cot on which the paralyzed man was lying.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
So here’s the situation. Jesus has begun His ministry, and he is now known far and wide for the miracles and healing He has done. And now he is in a home, speaking God’s Word to a crowd. It’s so crowded that there is no room in the house. And the friends of this paralyzed man wanted Jesus to heal their friend, but they can’t get close to Jesus because of the crowd. So they took him in his cot up to the roof where they made a hole through which they could lower their friend to where Jesus was speaking. And now here is the key phrase: When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
When Jesus saw their faith. When Jesus *saw* their faith.
How many of us say we have faith, and yet do nothing to show it? Faith is more than just mentally saying, “I believe.” It’s more than just saying, “Amen” when the preacher says something that we agree with. It’s more that “Liking” a FB post. This man’s friends did something that was radical. They so believed that Jesus could heal their friend (which Jesus did do, in addition to forgiving his sins) that they somehow got him (in his cot) to the roof of a house, broke a hole in the roof while an astonished crowd watched, interrupted the great Teacher and Miracle Worker, and presented their friend to Him.
I’m sure most of the people there thought that these men were out of their minds. Foolish. Crazy. Rude. Out of line. Call it what you will.
But Jesus saw their faith.
Faith has legs. Faith takes action. It doesn’t just wait around for God to move. Faith says, “God will, and I will go where He is.”
When was the last time your faith had legs?