When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men.Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him.
This text in Mark features two distinct groups: the crowd and the friends who brought a paralyzed man to Jesus. They both heard that Jesus was in town, but they responded differently. One responded passively, while the other responded actively.
First was the crowd. They were blocking the paralyzed man and his friends from getting to Jesus. We can get so caught up in what is happening around us that we forget about other people. We can be excited about what we can get but not about bringing others to the faith. Faith is about far more than just showing up. Faith is concerned about getting other people to Jesus.
Second were the friends. These men went to lengths that most of us would see as extreme to get their friend to Jesus. They saw Jesus could help, and they responded actively by bringing their friend to Jesus. No barrier was too much for them. It was so important that they busted open a roof. Have you ever been so intent to get someone to Jesus? This happens when we really believe that Jesus can do something. The gospel is powerful (Rom. 1:16), but for us to grab hold of the ministry in front of us, we have to believe in its power.
- How can the attitude of our hearts block people from seeing Jesus, much like the crowd in Mark 2? What do we need to do to make room in our hearts for the kind of faith that brings people to Jesus?
- What are you expecting in your relationship with Jesus? What does this reveal about your faith?
- Pray that you would be so convinced that Jesus is real and powerful that you would do anything to bring people to Him.