Going through the roof for 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. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” NIV
How far is too far in pursuit of Jesus? How desperate is too desperate? What will you give for a miracle that you need in your life? I think God stretches the limits of our comfortable, moderate faith in this incident in Capernaum.
Some men had brought their friend, a paralytic, to Jesus. Word that Jesus was healing the sick had spread like wildfire throughout Galilee and Capernaum. Amazing stories were being told of the blind receiving their sight, the deaf hearing again and the lame walking. And now He had come home. This was the opportunity that their paralyzed friend had been waiting for, and so they carried him to Jesus. But the crowd was so huge that they could not get into the house. They had a choice – to press on or to turn back.
The casual seeker after God always turns back in the face of some obstacle – the timing is not right, he reasons; or it is below his dignity to press in with the common crowd, he concludes. The desperate seeker after God knows that he must press in because nothing else really matters. He is not going to turn back, especially after he has come this far. Reason or pride certainly cannot keep him back.
And so his friends resort to desperate and extreme measures – they actually lift their paralyzed friend onto the roof, cut a hole in the roof and then lower him down right at the feet of Jesus. I can just imagine what some of the people who were privileged to be around Jesus that day must have been thinking: “Surely this is going too far…this kind of extremism is not acceptable in our church…it cannot be politically correct to display such open faith.”
Yet, for Jesus, it was a wonderful and heartwarming display of faith, courage and determination. These men meant business. They knew what they wanted and they were not going to let a mere crowd stop them. This was the kind of faith that has always thrilled the heart of the Father. And the Son never ever turned away someone who pressed through to Him in faith. The desperate ones – those who came through the roof, who pressed through the crowds, who climbed a tree, who refused to be silenced by the people around them, who never gave up – they always received their miracle from God.
What about you? Are you believing God for some miracle? Beloved of God, don’t let anything stand in your way. Don’t let doubt and unbelief rob you of what God has promised you. Press on and keep pressing on until you take hold of that miracle. It may take time but don’t be discouraged. Don’t be afraid to go through the roof for Jesus.
God is faithful and He is “a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6.)