Merriam Webster's Dictionary defines being helpless as "marked by an inability to act or react" - in other words, absolutely unable to act or react for one's own benefit. Jesus healing the helpless paralytic is one of His most famous miracles. The heartwarming story has familiar elements: skepticism, friendship, faith, forgiveness, supernatural power, joy, and awe of God. However, within all of those elements, there is a high point of the miracle, and Jesus stated clearly what it is. What He said has direct and powerful bearing on our salvation - on our relationship with God - on what Jesus can and does do for sinners like us, in making us right with God, in our helplessness to do it for ourselves.
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Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”