There is no doubt in my mind that Luke includes this specific event in his Gospel because he wants his readers to understand that Jesus came with authority to return people into a right relationship with their Creator. The universal need that I share with this man and the rest of humanity is the forgiveness of my sins, and Jesus is the one who has the authority to bring that forgiveness.
I also read here of the faith of this paralysed man and his friends. They forcefully make their way to Jesus and the result is a miracle and an overflow of worship and praise to God. This says to me that discovering the wonder of who God is and all he plans for me and those around me is an adventure that will require faith, boldness and abandonment to His will. I believe that Luke shared this event with me because he wants me to know that Jesus is worthy of this faith and trust; Jesus has both the authority and desire to rescue my life and perform miracles in and through me.
Lord, I abandon myself and my will afresh to you. I push towards you boldly and without fear; meet me in your forgiveness and miraculous power.
Written by Andrew Mellor