Mark 2:1-12 is the story of a paralyzed man who longed for the healing touch of Jesus, but who was unable to get to him on his own. He was paralyzed. He was powerless. There was no way he could get to Jesus on his own. Instead, it took the determined effort of others to bring this man before the Savior. They overcame roadblocks, hurdles, and attitudes to do whatever it took to see their friend made whole again. Interestingly, when Jesus encounters the paralytic he doesn’t cry, “Get up and walk,” but instead, “Son, your sins are forgiven!” Certainly it must have seemed inappropriate and even irrelevant in the immediate situation but, in fact, Jesus’ pronouncement of pardon is the recognition that man can only be genuinely whole when the power of death has been overcome through the forgiveness of sins.