“What are you thinking about?” That probing question has been asked a multitude of times in a wide scope of relationships. “I can’t read your mind,” is an honest declaration between friends, spouses, even work colleagues.
Jesus Christ, the incarnate, omniscient God, never had to ask others to disclose their thought life. In Luke 5:17-26 we have recorded the account of the friends who brought a paralytic to Jesus.
1) Jesus saw the faith of some. Their faith was evident to Him through their actions. They couldn’t penetrate the crowd through normal means, so they took to a unique “de-roofing” strategy. Removing the tiles, they lowed the ‘patient’ in front of Jesus. They wanted the full attention of the great Healer, and they had it!
As Jesus demonstrated the power of the Spirit (v.17 “which was with him to heal the sick), He also pronounced the forgiveness of the paralytic’s sins. Total healing – physical and spiritual – was evidenced on this occasion. (On a side note, I wonder if at times we don’t pray for ‘physical’ restoration, while not recognizing that ‘spiritual’ healing may be the greater life need that needs to be brought to God in prayer.)
The reaction of the ‘religious leaders’ was silent yet clearly evident to Christ. Their sneering questions accusing Jesus of blasphemy were exposed and the gospel writer pens them into this account – “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
2) Jesus saw their faithlessness of others. He knew what they were thinking and exposed their unbelief to the gathered crowd. He confronted this sinful defiance with a powerful demonstration of His divine power. He granted forgiveness. He granted healing and a great chorus of praise arose to God on this occasion.
Do we realize that our thought life is under the scrutiny of Christ? Do we manifest ‘faith’ or ‘faithlessness’ in our thinking? Our thought life must be willingly subjected to a penetrating scrutiny if we are to have a “pure heart.”
Search me, O God, and know my heart today, Try me, O Saviour, know my thoughts I pray…… Amen!