And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed

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And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed;
they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence.

Lk 5:17-26

If there were a good example of mountains being made low, paths straightened, and valleys leveled, the healing of the man paralyzed on a stretcher would be at the top of the list. Just read his path to healing.His first obstacle is the crowds that are between him and his healer with the crowd consisting of those knowledgeable in the law. To rephrase that crowd, might they not simply be considered a social and cultural obstacle? Is it possible that the collective “sins” of society, might manifest themselves in an illness of its citizen?Perhaps society simply was not on the right path? Fortunately for that invalid he had individuals to help him follow the right course, even if that course went against the traffic. In the second part of that individuals journey towards health, even the invalids helpers had to go against convention. They could not go through the door to reach Jesus, instead they had to lower him through the roof and in lowering the man in front of Jesus he was healed. That scene has just a hint of theatrics.In many plays (and particularly Greek plays of the day), theaters lowered “the gods” through the roof so that they might address man. Here though they lower injured man to God, present on earth, and in that he is healed. One of the mountains that had to be overcome was the obstacle that God resided far from man and that was the view of the day. In Jesus though, God resides amongst us and that God that is amongst us is here to heal us. To fill in one more pothole on this mans path to healing, the Pharisee’s of the day( the culture of the day), questions Jesus authority to forgive sins. Again forgiveness of sins was a profound cultural obstacle not easy to overcome, but removing that obstacle gave an invalid the ability to walk. Who were those helpers that brought the paralytic to Jesus? My guess would be that they were examples of early Christians.

Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.

The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”


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