The Paralytic Healed: Mark 2:1-4
“1) When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. 2) And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. 3) And they *came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. 4) Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying.” Mark‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬-‭4‬
I am going to deal with this story in two parts. As the story opens, Jesus was back in Capernaum and a crowd had gathered around Him to the point that the house was full of people. He was spending time teaching them. Jesus was first and foremost a teacher.
Then it happened. Four men came carrying a paralytic to Jesus. In my book, this ranks as one of the greatest miracles of Jesus. The man was most likely a quadriplegic. He had a serious spinal cord injury.
So what makes this miracle so amazing? Two thousand years have come and gone and modern science and medicine have still not found a way to heal spinal cord injuries. This miracle ranks in the realm of “the impossible” according to modern science.
This reminds me of the words of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary in Luke 1:37: “For nothing will be impossible with God.” The offspring of one impossible situation was staring into the eyes of a man with another impossible situation. It should come as no surprise that this miracle was about to proclaim the deity of Christ.
The four men did not know they were carrying an impossible medical situation to Jesus. They simply knew Jesus was the healer. I love this story. Because I live in the era of modern medicine, this story resets the parameters of faith for me. It punctuates the words of Gabriel to Mary; “For nothing will be impossible for God!”
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global