There are people that we know who are as spiritually needy as the paralyzed man was physically needy. Are we willing to go the extra mile to try to introduce them to the one person who can take away sin? The religious leadership was apoplectic that Jesus would claim such a power. And yet His ability to heal the man’s condition proved that He could actually do what He claimed!
Jesus’ next encounter with a tax collector further illustrated the lengths He would go to in order to redeem sinners. The religious leadership didn’t know that they needed help. They thought that they had everything under control. It was those who understood that they were sinners who wanted an encounter with Jesus. They were the ones who were ready for salvation, not the leadership who already thought they were righteous.
Jesus has now shown them up and confounded them on two occasions, so they attack Him. While fasting and prayer are recognized as spiritually good, there was no law that states you have to do them at particular times. The more religious of the leadership apparently did that twice a week (Luke 18:12). Jesus tells them that now is not the time for fasting; that time will come (He is alluding to His death). He then goes on to confront the leadership with two illustrations from life. There is a new era coming, and the self righteous and ceremonial obligations of the old will not fit into it. After the resurrection, everything changes!
Colossians 2:16-17 “Therefore do not let anyone judge you with respect to food or drink, or in the matter of a feast, new moon, or Sabbath days—these are only the shadow of the things to come, but the reality is Christ!”