Bring them to Jesus
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on…
He said to the paralytic, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” NIV
Look again at the story of the four men who carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus. The paralyzed man got all the attention when he walked out healed. All the people were so amazed and they rightly praised God for it.
But the story of the four men who carried the paralytic to Jesus also needs to be told.
Who were these four men? The scriptures do not tell us anything about them. Perhaps they were friends of the paralytic or relatives or maybe they were just kind and godly strangers who saw a helpless man in great need.
Whoever they were, they had faith that if the paralytic could somehow get to Jesus, he would be made whole. And so they took some extraordinary, even drastic measures to get a helpless and desperate man to Jesus.
It was not an easy thing to do. No one knows how far they had to carry him. And when they got to the place where Jesus was, a huge crowd blocked their way. But they would not be deterred, their friend would not be deprived of his miracle. They did something radical: they made a hole in the roof of the house and lowered the paralytic down to Jesus. They went the extra mile for this man. They gave him his opportunity to get to Jesus.
In Luke 5:20 it says that “Jesus saw their faith” and healed their friend. They had faith to believe for their friend and it was enough for Jesus.
How Jesus must have loved these four men for what they did. They found a man in great need and they brought him to Jesus. Somehow I think that in heaven they are recognized and honoured as the “men who broke through the roof” on behalf of their friend.
It is part of what Jesus meant when he said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
There are many people around us who are hurting, who are searching, who are in desperate straits and they have great need for a touch from Jesus. You can help them get to Jesus. You know Him and you have felt His wonderful touch upon your life and you can speak words of faith and encouragement into their lives. You may have known pain and are acquainted with sorrow and God touched you; now you can minister to those who are in pain and sorrow. You can do what those four men did and carry the lost, the sick and hurting, those paralyzed by hopelessness and despair, to Jesus.
You touch the heart of the Father when you do as these four men did. It will not go unnoticed. Will not He who welcomes people into His kingdom because they gave a glass of water to the thirsty not also take delight in you when you carry someone to Jesus? The Father will cause His love and grace to abound to you in a special way. What we do for others He does for us!