RISE UP AND WALK
Luke 5:17-26 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was [present] to heal them. And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought [means] to bring him in, and to lay [him] before him. And when they could not find by what [way] they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with [his] couch into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. (Underline added for emphasis by the author). And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.
This man represents the spirit of a person separated from God. His bondage is called palsy. Basically, it means that he was paralyzed; however, we need further spiritual clarification. Palsy further means to loose on one side, to weaken, enfeeble, become unstrung, or weak of limb. Ephesians 4:16 speaks of Christ’s Body as "fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." One disjointed cannot supply or edify. Through Christ, the feeble knees are lifted up and confirmed! (Hebrews 12:12; Isaiah 35:3). At the command of the Master, this man was able to arise above his circumstances, take control of that (his couch) which identified him as helpless, and go into his house. The man whose sins are forgiven can truly rise up and walk!