When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:20
As Jesus was talking at someone’s house, some men brought a friend who was paralyzed to be healed by Him. They could not get into the house, because of the crowds, so they lowered him through the roof to Jesus. Jesus saw their great faith, and told the man that his sins were forgiven.
Some of the people who were there were upset about Him forgiving the person, thinking that He was just a regular man. Jesus then heals the man on the spot.
Although the leaders were upset with Jesus forgiving the person, many people are upset because that is not what the men brought their friend in for.
People often pray for healing. They go to pastors or other speakers to get prayed to be healed. Which is what person is supposed to do. However, they do not always receive healing. They get upset that the healing did not take place.
Since people are human and finite, they look at the here and now as the most important thing. The immediate situation appears to be the need for healing or some other physical provision from God. Healing is something that can be seen and felt immediately, thus taking priority over everything else.
God does not look at things the same way man does. God’s first priority is looking at eternity. He could bring healing immediately to the person, but then the person goes to hell because his sins are not forgiven. That means the healing was worthless and a waste of time.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. In order for people to be saved, they have to have their sins forgiven. Forgiveness of sins allows a person to be accepted into heaven. Whether a person is healed or not, has no bearing on whether he gets into heaven or not.
There will times you will seek for God to heal you. As you go to Him for healing, make sure that you have sought forgiveness first. God’s highest priority is getting rid of your sins. This should be your highest priority also.
Once sins are taken care of, seeking healing can take place. Do not gain healing without eternal life, it is worthless.
Allow God to take care of all your needs in the correct order of priority and need.
I pray today that you will seek God’s forgiveness first; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that God will hear your prayers for healing; and that you will know the salvation Jesus offers.