Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Luke 5:20 And when He saw their faith, He said, "Man, your sins are forgiven you."
This was spoken by Jesus to the man who had been lowered down through a hole in the roof in the hope that he would be healed. The question has to be: to whom does 'their' refer? And what about the man on the stretcher?
It seems from the context that 'their' refers to the men who had brought their friend along, dug a hole in the roof and then lowered the stretcher down into the middle of the crowded room. Being plural, it can't be just the man on the stretcher; he would be 'he'. So even if he is included, this looks like a corporate affair.
When we pray for others to be healed, we need to remember it isn't just - or, possibly, even - their faith that matters. Ours too is in the mix and may be the critical factor. Let's bring people to Jesus in positive expectation that He does and will hear prayer and that something will happen in response.