“They couldn’t get to Jesus through the crowd, so they dug a hole through the clay roof above His head. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”…Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, take up your mat and go on home, because you are healed!” (Mark 2:4-5, 10-11 NLT) This week our small group shared stories about Jesus that meant something personal to us. Robin Smith reminded me of this story of four men who carried their paralyzed friend on a mat to the house where Jesus was teaching. They weren’t able to get their friend to Jesus, so they cut a hole in the roof and lowered their friend in front of Jesus. And Jesus healed him!
The faith of these four healed their friend. He was paralyzed, on a mat, unable to walk and his friends got together and carried him to Jesus. They took action. The house was packed and Jesus was preaching. These buddies didn’t politely wait for a better time to talk to the Teacher. They didn’t get in line or ask the people around them to excuse them, so they could nudge their way to the front. Nope – they went around the packed house, got on the roof, dug a hole and lowered their friend right in front of Jesus.
I love this action. Which one of your friends needs to be dropped down right in front of Jesus? This story reminds me to pray specifically for my friends; to take them to the feet of Jesus. It also challenges me to do something…you know, to actually take a physical, real life step with a friend who needs to know Jesus. These four cared more about getting their friend help than they cared about upsetting the crowd.
And did you catch what Jesus did with the leper who interrupted his sermon? He healed him! We’re all broken and we all have something we need Jesus’ healing hand to touch. When we run into a friend with a need, let’s be a little more like these four men. Rather than worry about the crowd, let’s start digging a hole in whatever roof is keeping our friend from Jesus.