The plain truth is this; you cannot please God without faith.
Luke 5:17 – And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
Take a moment to re-read the final phrase of our Text for Today. It declares “the power of the Lord was present to heal them.” When you consider those words in the light of the rest of Scripture as it clearly defines the will of God for healing, we see that it was evidently the desire of the Lord Jesus to heal every person present in the meeting described here. The simple truth is this; God wants you well.
So why don’t we read about others being healed in that meeting? That would include the Pharisees, doctors of the law, and all the others, many of whom were, no doubt, devout followers of Jesus. Jesus, the Word made flesh, was present. He (the Word) was sent to heal. So why only the palsied man? Jesus went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed of the devil. So why only the palsied man? Though He was anointed to heal, He could do no might works in His own hometown except for healing a few folks of minor ailments. Could it be that same kind of unbelief was at where that day? What we DO know is that Jesus went to work “when He saw their (the men who carried the palsied man) faith.”
Always keep in mind here that the “power of the Lord was present to heal them.” And that means “ALL” of them. But Jesus only moved in the healing operation where He saw faith being released. We should learn a very valuable lesson from our observations here. The power of God alone is not what puts healing into operation. Being a disciple of Jesus alone is not what puts healing into operation. God’s desire to heal alone does not put healing into operation. The need of the person who is sick alone does not put healing into operation. All these factors may be present, but alone, they do not put healing into operation. And the truth of the matter is that all these factors were certainly present in the incident herein described. But none of them alone, or even collectively, put healing into operation. Something else was needed.
What was needed was faith. It was not seen in the Pharisees, the doctors of the law, the other followers of Jesus, or the palsied man. The needed key, faith, was seen in the men who carried the palsied man, who took him to the roof, who tore away the ceiling, and who lowered him before Jesus. And “when Jesus saw their faith,” He went to work.
Manna for Today – Mark 2:1-12; Mark 11:22-24; Matthew 18:19-20; Deuteronomy 32:30; John 14:12-14; John 17:18; John 20:21; Luke 5:17-26; 3 John 2; Psalm 107:20