Previously, the Lord Jesus left Capernaum because His popularity was on the rise and so many wanted to get to Him. In fact, He had to withdraw to a lonely place. In addition, the people were too enamored with His miracles that they were in danger of missing His message. When the gospel becomes the servant of the miraculous or the entertaining, we must follow the example of the Lord and reevaluate.
As a result of the hustle and the bustle of the crowd, the Lord Jesus chose to spend a few days in a lonely place. No doubt, as before, He spent a lot of time in conversation with His Father. When He returned to Capernaum, the Lord Jesus stayed as He had before with Simon Peter and his family. It didn't take too much time for the people to discover He was back in town. It was at Simon Peter's home that many gathered to hear the message of God from the Lord Jesus.
Now, houses in that day were constructed with flat roofs, and, a set of stairs on the side of the house allowing access to the roof. These roofs were usually made by laying timbers across the top of the house, and then, covered by a layer of branches. The branches were covered by a layer of clay tiles, and finally, a thick layer of mud was placed on the very top. All of that was torn out in order for these men to get their helpless friend to the Lord Jesus.
Instead of rebuking these men for tearing open the roof of the house and interrupting His sermon, the Lord Jesus brings attention to their faith. There is nothing more important to the Lord Jesus than the development of our faith in Him. You see, it is not the quality of our faith that impresses God, the only thing that impresses Him is the object of our faith.
Most consider it odd that the Lord Jesus didn't address the man's paralysis first. But, that day He went deeper. You see, deeper than our physical needs are our spiritual needs. This man had to be made right with the Lord in order to really appreciate the physical healing that eventually came. It would have been a tragedy had he been healed physically and remained in his sin. The Lord didn't address this man's paralysis first, He addressed the root of his paralysis. He addressed his eternal problem of sin.