Bringing Others To Jesus
When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “my child, your sins are forgiven.”
But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, what are you saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins! Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking so he asked them, “why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘your sins are forgiven’ or stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? so I will prove to you that the son of man has authority to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “stand up, pick up your mat and go home!”
And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “we’ve never seen anything like this before!”- Mark 2:1-12
From the above excerpt, we see a persuaded group of friends determined to get their paralyzed friend in the presence of Jesus because of what they had heard about him. Even with obstacles to the venue of where Jesus was, since there were many people, they still devised a plan of how they’d present their friend to Jesus to be healed.
When they settled on entering through the roof, they set out and did just that not caring if they would be ridiculed or not. It’s quite encouraging to see that even after they lowered their friend through the roof, Jesus looked at them and acknowledged their faith in him that made them take drastic measures to ensure the healing of their paralyzed friend.
The Call to Action
As believers, our salvation and testament of the lord’s goodness to us should spur us into bringing others to Christ. From this story, we can draw parallels that sin paralyzes the world to draw themselves to salvation but the commission which Christ has given us to go out and make him disciples is still potent.
We must bring the needs of this hurting world before Jesus so as when we make the move to win souls, his power can be manifested in our brothers, sisters and friends. The fact that Jesus forgave the sins and healed the man from his paralysis on account of the faith demonstrated by his friends, is testament that when we bring our needs before Jesus, regardless of the state of the situation, he can work on our behalf for we have acknowledged that with him all things are possible!
Your situation may be difficult. You may be hard pressed to find a solution, every turn spells doom and you are paralyzed to the core- Do not give up just yet- and just like the friends of the paralyzed man all you need and must do is lower it at the feet of Jesus. He will make your York easy and your burden light.
Bring all that troubles you to him, he has the solution. Even those the world have labeled as impossible. It may be a terminal disease, a husband or wife who has gone astray, a friend or family member who has been swallowed up by sin- trust Jesus and you’ll live to see the salvation of the Lord.