Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth (Luke 18:8)?
Mark’s first mention of faith is found in his second chapter, fifth verse, where he correlates faith with the forgiveness of sins. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." Jesus is looking up as He is saying this, looking at the men who opened the roof to let down their paralyzed friend. So His remark is made to the men about their faith, not to the man on the cot, and yet, it is the paralytic who is healed. Why doesn’t Jesus ever say to the man, “you are healed” like He says so often to others? Consider that sin comes from the devil, as do sicknesses. They go hand in hand. God doesn’t give either one of those things to mankind. Therefore, when sins are forgiven, healing is found, and when healing happens, sins are eradicated. But what is in operation to make those two things happen? Faith. Faith that God is God? Jesus is Lord? No. Faith that our sins are forgiven. Faith that Jesus heals all the time. Did the man have to have faith for that? Obviously not. He was probably holding fast to hope that his friends would not drop him! The faith came from the men. How often do you operate your faith for others?