And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Mark 2:4-5 NKJV
Jesus was preaching the Word of God to a house full of people. Four men brought a paralytic to be healed. The house was so full they could not enter. They climbed up on the roof and lowered the man to Jesus’ feet so he could be healed.
When we read this story we marvel at the faith of the four men who carried their friend to Jesus. What about the faith of the paralyzed man? Isn’t his faith just as amazing?
Was the paralyzed man carried to Jesus against his will? Or did he beg to be carried to Jesus? Did he argue with his friends as they cut a hole in the roof and lowered him down? Or was it his idea? Was he resentful or excited? Was his heart full of faith or fear?
The bible does not answer those questions. We do know we cannot beg borrow or steal faith from other people. Our faith moves us closer to Jesus. Only our faith in Jesus can save us!
The first night of my new life in Jesus I had a dream. I was outside of my grandfather’s home at night. I dodged searchlights and ran towards the house. I crawled up the steps leading to the doorway. My uncle Joe reached out his hand and pulled me to safety.
My uncle Joe had given his life to Jesus. He said the Lord put me on his heart. He did not know why but prayed for me in faith. God used him to usher me into the kingdom of God!
The four men who carried the paralytic to Jesus were not strangers. These five men must have lived in relationship together long before they broke through to Jesus. They loved one another. They believed Jesus loved them!
Why do I believe these men lived in relationship? They refused to let anything prevent them from bringing their beloved to Jesus!
Why do I believe they knew Jesus loved them? They knew Jesus would forgive any trespass, inconvenience or imposition. They knew Jesus forgives sin!
People have supported, prayed for and encouraged all of us. Their faith is admirable. Your faith is just as amazing!
Do not let anything prevent you from placing your beloved at Jesus’ feet in prayer. Don’t let anything keep you from breaking through to Jesus.
The breakthrough you seek is just a few short steps of faith away! Seek Jesus and your faith will make you well! Jesus forgives trespasses and sins 24/7!
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