Mark 2:1-12—When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”
But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”
Our God is a master at taking no room situations and turning them into a way for Him to show the world who He is. In this story in Mark 2, there was no room for this group of friends inside the house. When Israel was fleeing from the Egyptian army, their backs were pressed against the Red Sea. There was nowhere for them to go, but God showed up and provided a way of escape for them. And before Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph tried to stay at an inn, but there was no room for them there.
When people look at our lives, do they see no room situations? If you are a child of God, that means He has influenced you in a powerful, life-changing way. This isn’t something we can do on our own. The friends of the paralyzed man got their friend to the feet of Jesus, but Jesus used the situation to do something physical in order to teach a spiritual truth.
Jesus healed the paralyzed man physically so that he could walk again, and the onlookers were astonished. But when he forgave the man of his sins, they questioned Jesus’ authority. This story isn’t about someone who couldn’t walk being healed; it’s about the man’s faith connecting with Jesus’ forgiveness. Our faith in the forgiveness we receive from Jesus changes the way we walk in our lives.
God doesn’t want us to just be forgiven and then come to heaven one day. He wants to do something in you so that those around you will look at your life and praise your heavenly Father. Your life shouldn’t be riddled with no room situations! The purpose of everything God does is for others to be astonished and understand who He is and what He can do in their lives.
Jesus wants His followers to be the ones swimming upstream when the current is flowing strong downstream. Display the hope of an eternity with the Creator to those around you. Change the world by allowing the Spirit of God to purge things out of you and do amazing things in and through you.