Jesus healed people throughout His ministry here on earth but His first priority was to heal them of their sin. If Jesus chose just to heal his body then true wholeness would not be there for this man. His soul would still be bound in sin and whether or not his body was free from the disease. Many who He reached out to were first healed of their disease and then they were saved. There were some who were not diseased but just needed the spiritual transformation that only Jesus could give them. In this case Jesus reached out to him to heal him of his sin through forgiveness.
I think Jesus could have healed him and sent him on but because of His great love for him, Jesus chose to give him complete healing of body and soul. Because the Pharisees and Scribes were there, He would also use this opportunity to teach them and all those there, that the Son of Man could forgive sins because He and the Father were one.
Why did Jesus say first that the man’s sins were forgiven and then healed him? He could get away with the fact He could say the man was forgiven of his sins but no one could measure that. To allow them to see that He was truly God as Man, He would then tell the man who was a paralytic, and might have been all his life, to rise up and carry the mat that he had been lying on for so many years. He was carried there in his sin but now he could walk back home along with the great friends free from the slavery of sin.
But now there were so many witnesses that it could not go unnoticed by the world around Him. Who had authority to forgive sin? Only God could and now the religious leaders would have to admit this Man claimed to be equal with God, He too could forgive sins. For them this was blasphemy and Jesus could be stoned for that.
And yet, they knew what the Scriptures said about the title “Son of Man.” This was a Messianic title from the Old Testament, the Scriptures of their day. This was Jesus’ favorite title for Himself because it was one that would be relatable and identified Him with mankind, those He came to save.
Jesus was teaching many things during this event in His life. He wanted the people to know that He loved them and that they were important to Him because He saw them as sheep without a shepherd. He would heal, forgive sins, show compassion and share how people could be saved from their sins.
Then and even today, God does not always heal our diseases. Why? It doesn’t mean He doesn’t love us or have compassion toward us, but he does take our spiritual needs into account reminding us that He has given to us the greatest gift, Jesus, His one and only Son, to be our Savior and Lord. Through Him our soul has been released from spiritual darkness and inner fear. We now have the spiritual power and inner peace that only comes from our salvation from our sins. Our bodies have been dying since we were born and the physical condition is not the first priority of God but a gift, if He desires, out of His abundant love. Remember it does take faith in Christ to receive that healing from the Lord God.
What was the end result of this event in the life of Jesus and all who were there? The paralytic, now healed and walking home with his friends, were doing so praising and glorifying God and all the people were amazed and gave praise to God! I think everyone but the Pharisees and Scribes!