Mark 2: 1-5 – Real Friends
Real friends reach out to those in need and get them to Jesus no matter the cost. When someone is hurting, lost, confused, or in trouble, a true friend will do whatever it takes to get them to Jesus.
“And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 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. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. 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 2:1-5).
By their faith the paralytic man was not just healed, but saved. It wasn’t by the paralytic’s faith, but by the four man that tore a hole in the roof. Four men that said a full house isn’t going to keep us from getting him to Jesus. Four men that said where there is a will there is a way. Four men that said by any means we have to get this man to Jesus.
What the church needs isn’t more people that will just fill a seat, but what the church needs is some roof breakers that will say by any means I will get my lost friends to Jesus. We need some roof breakers that will say, I know Him to make Him known. Some roof breakers that have the faith to save someone’s life. The church needs is some roof breakers!
There Was No Room for the Paralytic
The house was full. There was no more room in the house for anyone. Jesus was there and all His followers filled the house. They came to learn from Him. They were spiritually hungry. They came to hear Him preach the Word, to be fed spiritually.
But there was no room for the paralytic. Here comes four men carrying a friend that was in need of Jesus. There was probably enough room for the four men. You can’t convince me that four men couldn’t squeeze their way in. They could make their way in, but their friend would have to stay out. Their friend needed Jesus more than the others in the house.
This a picture of the church. If we’re not careful we forget what the church is for. It’s for those that need Jesus. Churches fill up every Sunday with those that already know Him. We don’t have room for those who need Him. We’ll make room for those like us. We’ll make room for those that look like us, talk like us, like the same things we like, and dress like us. But if you don’t fit our mold, we squeeze tight and make no room for you.
Four Men Said We Have to Get Him to Jesus
The attitude started before they got there. They decided to go to where their friend was, before they went to Jesus. They heard Jesus was there and they went to get their friend first. They had their mind set, that he was getting to Jesus. They were determined. They carried him maybe across the town of Capernaum and there were undoubtedly several blocks. The reason they were so late, and the house was full, was because they were carrying their friend. They brought him this far and they’re not stopping now.
They climb up to get to Jesus. If we can’t get him in the traditional way, then we’ll get him in another way. It just doesn’t matter how we get him to Jesus. All that matters is that we get him to Jesus. We’ll climb the roof and make our own way in if that’s what it takes, we’ll do it to get him to Jesus.
Others Were Probably Upset with the Men
They were tearing the roof apart. I’m sure the owners of the house weren’t to happy. They saw their roof being torn apart. They didn’t see the man coming to Jesus. They just saw some men messing up their house.
You let some roof breakers in the church and people get upset. People don’t see the people coming to Jesus, they just see your making a mess. All they see is they’re tearing up what they built. We have our way of coming in but roof breakers see another way. They do whatever it takes to get people to Jesus.
Jesus Saw Their Faith
He saw the four men’s faith. Others saw a man being lowered but Jesus saw the faith of friends. Because of their faith the man was saved, healed and set free. The church needs those who say that by any means possible, I’ll get my friends to Jesus. That’s the kind of faith that gets the Master’s attention.
Roof breakers have the faith to save others. They don’t see a blocked door. They see an opportunity. Roof breakers do something that hasn’t been done before. Roof breakers bring people to Jesus by any means. Roof breakers say, I’ll go where they are and bring them. Roof breakers aren’t concerned about how others got to Jesus, the traditional way, but by how to get people to Him by any means necessary.
What the church needs is some roof breakers!