“And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, ‘Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.’” – Matthew 9:2
Faith is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things unseen. Only in this season of our existence will we be able to exercise faith; in heaven we will know by sight. The angels gather in heaven and watch with awe and intrigue, to see how we exercise our faith. Faith is something they can only know by observation, watching the choices we make. The completely baffling prospect of a creature believing without seeing, connecting to the Creator through belief.
It is not just the angels that are watching. Jesus is watching too. The Lord of Hosts looks on like the proud Father he is.
Jesus performed many miracles of which we are told little. But when we are given details, Jesus often applauds the faith of the person being healed. He acknowledges that they came to him with a sense of belief, reaching for the hem of his garment, pleading from the roadside, or lowering a friend through a hole in the roof.
These people are healed through the miraculous power of Jesus. And as Jesus operates, he celebrates the amazing reality that these people are participating in the working of his power. They are active recipients of his grace.
When we exercise faith, we are living out the Kingdom of God. We are doing our part. The angels watch with fascination. And just as he did when he was on earth, Jesus Himself watches, and applauds.