Sick? Be of Good Courage Jesus Says by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 8, 2013 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 

What was the condition of the first man to whom Jesus addressed this word? He was “sick of palsy” on the surface, but that wasn’t what Jesus treated first. Jesus, who knows the heart, doesn’t waste words.

This chapter doesn’t make any sense to me unless Jesus saw something in the heart of that man sick of palsy that wasn’t so apparent to everybody else. To everybody else, he was sick with palsy, helpless, needing friends to carry him into Jesus’ presence and let him down before Him. But that is not where Jesus focused in. He first addressed Himself to something hidden. Jesus said, “Son, be of good courage,” to use the literal meaning; write it in the margin of your Bible. “Thy sins be forgiven thee.”

Jesus lived in a culture and came preaching in a culture that was forever linking physical sickness with sin. In John 9:1, He came upon a boy blind from birth. The scholars asked Him the question, “Who sinned, this boy or his parents?” Jesus said, “Neither one of them” and went ahead and treated the need. Everywhere a sick man was encountered, the onlookers would begin to suspect sins. Something was wilting the courage of this sick man. Jesus, in the giving of courage, removes the cause of non-courage, removes the basis of fear. He says, “Be of good courage; thy sins be forgiven thee.”