One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:17-20
We love reading the miracles of Jesus during his ministry on earth. This passage in Luke records the healing of a crippled man.
Consider this picture. Jesus was teaching, not in a large church as we know it today, but in a small home. Everyone pressed in, trying to be close to the Lord. Four men were so determined that Jesus could heal their friend that they carried him onto the roof, removed roofing material, and lowered the disabled man into the presence of Jesus. When we study the customs of that day, we can see that, most likely, the lowering was accomplished with ropes.
After the man had been lowered, it would have been necessary for the four men to let go of the ropes. Consider the alternatives. The man would be healed and walk out the door. If he were not healed, there was no way to pull him back up. The four men had enough faith in Jesus to bring their hurting friend into His presence and then let go of the ropes. The rest was up to Jesus.
Have you come to the place in your restoration where you can let go of the ropes? We all want our spouse to have a relationship with Jesus or for your prodigal child to come home. Maybe you are praying that your once prodigal spouse will start attending church with you. You may bring your needs before the Lord daily, but then you hold onto the ropes.
There had to be at least four ropes for the disabled man to have been balanced. Perhaps four ropes are being used as you bring your requests to Jesus. One rope might be financial. Look to the Lord for every financial need you are carrying today. Another rope might be emotional. Allow Christ to meet every emotional need you have. The third rope may be circumstances. Don’t let your circumstances alter God’s calling on your life. The final rope might be called others.
The four ropes can be strong. The pull from well-meaning family and friends encouraging you to give up can be distracting. Bring your requests to the Lord, and then let go of the ropes. Leave the rest up to God.
But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on, and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.” Luke 5:24-26
He loves your family more than you can imagine. He has brought your spouse home, and He will continue to bring healing to your family. You will see remarkable things!