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.” Mark 2:1-5 NLT
Why did these four men go through all this trouble to get their friend to Jesus? It was because he had a need. Everyone could see he had a need. This man was paralyzed and he needed to be able to walk. Jesus looked at this man and saw a need too . . .
Jesus didn't immediately say to the man, "Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home." The first thing Jesus said to him was, "My child, your sins are forgiven." The Bible says the teacher's of the law were upset with this response, but how do you think the man or his friends must have felt? They came to Jesus for physical healing but Jesus was more interested in something else.
Jesus saw the greater need. He knew this man needed to be saved, to receive eternal life. The people were focused on his legs, but Jesus was concerned about his heart.
Jesus always sees our greater need. We come to Him with a perception of our true need, but He sees to the heart of the matter. Jesus is concerned about our physical well being and promises to meet our needs, but He understands that nothing is more important that having our hearts right with Him.
"And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?"
Matthew 16:26 NLT