BIBLE READING: Mark 2:1-5 NKJV
1 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.
2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.
3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.
4 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.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
We are all very familiar with this story, but a deeper look into this story will show us why Jesus respected the faith of the four men who brought the paralytic through the roof.
Now let us try to picture this in our heads. Jesus was PREACHING inside a house this time around, the bible didn't record the size of this house but at least, we could read that the house was filled up to the extent that there was no more room to receive people, not even near the door (verse 2). This means not just the inside of the house was filled but even outside of the house was crowded.
THE FOUR MEN:
The bible recorded that Jesus was preaching in this house when the four men brought the paralytic to the house; here are the obstacles faced by the four men.
1. The crowd; as seen in the verse 2 of this chapter, the whole house was crowded to the extent that there was no space for movement even at the door of the house. However, this obstacle was the least of the four men's challenge. They figured there ways around it.
2. The house; the bible did not say the house belongs to any of the 5 (the paralytic and four able men). If it were so, it could have been easier for the owner of the house to have access to His property and things would have been much more easier.
3. The roof; getting to the top of the roof of the house will require some climbing. Have we ever thought about how five men (four able men and the paralytic) climbed the ladder? Getting a ladder through the crowd, setting it up and climbing it will mean a whole lot of works if i should say.
4. Removing the Roof: i don't know if any of those men is a carpenter but ever if there is a carpenter among them, how easy would it have been for him to climb up the roof of another man's house and start tearing it apart?
Amidst every other obstacles, the above mentioned 4 were overcame and finally they lowered the paralytic down to Jesus and these are their reward in the order of importance
1. THE SIN OF THEIR FRIEND WAS FORGIVEN
2. Their friend was made whole (Mark 5:12)
The paralytic and Jesus were actually the subject of this story, but let us think deep about the efforts of these four men in getting the paralytic to Jesus.
Although the efforts of the four men was not mentioned neither what there any open blessing recorded about them in the bible but because they took the burden of their brother on themselves, the sins of their brother was forgiven (this, i called greatest gift one can obtain from the Lord) and their brother was made whole......
The question now is "How far can we go, to bring people to Christ?"
Have a great day.