When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:5
Jesus had been at a home speaking to the people. It was crowded and the house was filled with people. Outside there was a man who was paralyzed, who had some friends that worked to get him in to see Jesus by lowering him through the roof. They wanted Jesus to heal the man. When Jesus saw him, the first thing He told the man was that his sins were forgiven.
When a person is sick, injured or has a deformity, the first thing that most people think about is getting healing. The individual is usually most concerned about being healed first.
Believers are very quick to pray for healing for the person. That is what appears to be the most important problem to ask God to deal with. While healing is something that is important and may be needed, it may not be the most important thing the person needs.
As bad as it was for the man to be paralyzed, it was even worse to be plagued with unforgiven sins in his life. Jesus knew this and took care of those sins first, before bringing about the healing.
A person can be healed of the worst disease, injury or deformity that is possible, but if he still has sin in his life, it does not mean a thing at all. If there is any sin left in his life, it will mean eternal separation from God. Anyone who has sin in his life cannot be allowed into heaven.
It will not do a person any good to be healed and have a perfect body in this life, then be cast into the lake of fire in the next life, because he never received the forgiveness Jesus offered. That perfect, healthy body will burned and tormented for eternity, because the first priority was not taken care of.
You may have some healing that you are desiring God to take care of. As you approach God for that healing, be sure to take care of getting healed of your sins first. Jesus died for your sins so that He could take them away. He is willing to cleanse you of all sin, you just need to repent and ask Him to forgive you.
Being healed of your sins is the best part in any healing.
I pray today that you will seek forgiveness of sins first in your life; that you will trust Jesus to remove all sins in your life; that you will trust God to heal both your body and soul; and that you will be the person God wants you to be.