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Why did the friends’ faith encourage Jesus to heal the paralyzed man?

Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:3-5

            There are no hard and fast rules for healing with Jesus.  In this case, Jesus saw the faith of the friends to climb a roof and lower a friend down to Jesus in the chaotic crowd scene.  Jesus wanted to honor their faith.

            People may be healed because of their own faith, someone else’s faith or simply it’s God’s will.  Who is to say?