New Hope Baptist Church
Friday, January 18, 2019
a place to call home


But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5


As the friends lowered the man down through the destroyed roof, as the people looked on in expectation of a miracle, and as Jesus sat, “preaching the word to them,” we see the script take a sudden turn as the record scratches and everyone’s left with their jaws hitting the floor.

I hope this story shocks us and that we’re able to grasp the significance of this moment we read of in Scripture. Here in this story we see four men desperately seeking to see their friend’s physical condition restored and no doubt those watching expecting a miracle unlike anything their eyes had seen. Instead Jesus does something we least expect – he forgives the man’s sin.

But why, why didn’t he just heal the guy and move on, getting back to preaching? As I discussed in our sermon this past Sunday it’s because Jesus always goes deeper. The man came for a physical healing but Jesus knew that, first, the man needed a spiritual healing if the paralytic ever expected to be fully healed. Same with our own lives; often we’re merely seeking out superficial healing so we stop there and never get to the deeper healing.

Jesus searches deeper into our hearts to meet our needs. As Isaiah would prophecy about Jesus, our real needs are in restoration back to a God we have gone astray from. We are all broken and busted sinners who, until we are restored back to God, will never fully heal.