Who is it that you carry to Jesus? I am intrigued by the people who carried the paralytic and lowered him through the roof to Jesus. This was no easy task. First, they needed to carry the paralytic to the roof. Then, they needed to dig through the roof (it was probably a mixture of branches, leaves and mud). Lastly, there was the task of lowering the paralytic through the hole that was dug out of the roof, to place him near Jesus.
Can you imagine the scene? Both from the outside, watching this process unfold, and from the inside, where pieces of dirt fell to the floor surely caused those on the inside to wonder exactly what was going on. But for Jesus, all of this is clear. It is the faith, both of those who brought the paralytic and the paralytic himself that occasions the healing. Jesus sees their faith, and the effort they exerted because of this faith, and forgave sins, the most important type of healing God provides. But the forgiveness of sins causes great distress. And so, to create an occasion so that others might come to faith, Jesus tells the man to pick up his mat and walk. This Jesus is more than amazing. He has the power to forgive sins!
We know little about the relationship between the people who brought the paralytic. Were they friends? Neighbors? Relatives? Bystanders? Had they been convinced by the paralytic to get involved, or were those who carried the paralytic moved by their love for the paralytic? It is not clear. But what is clear, was the noticeable faith that Jesus could do something for the paralytic.