As I looked out of the office window, I saw cars swerving around what seemed to be a large pile of trash in the middle of the road in front of the church. Concerned that it would cause an accident, I grabbed a friend and headed out to clean up the mess. As we approached the road, we realized that the heap was not trash at all, but a man lying unconscious in the middle of the road. Did a car hit him? Did he pass out from the heat? As I stood trying to figure out what was going on, my friend grabbed the distressed man’s shoulders as if to pick him up and then looked up at me…
Jesus was in Capernaum teaching the Word of God to a full house—so
full that some were peaking in through the windows and straining to
hear His voice from outside the house. As he taught, the ceiling above
him began to move, dust and pieces falling to the floor all around.
Soon there was an opening large enough for four faces to appear. Not
content to just watch from the roof, they were coming in from above.
Slowly and carefully, this roof crew lowered a distressed man on his cot
for the Master to see. Then this happened:
When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the
palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
God’s Word will always teach us Who God is and then challenge us to
be more like Him. We can see from this story that teaching the Word (v.
2), forgiving sin (v. 5), and relieving physical pain (v. 11-12) were important to Jesus.
Our job is to be the roof crew. We can identify people in need and lower them to Him.
“We REACH out of love.”
Like our Master, we reach out of concern for our city and
God sent His Son into the world because He loved the world.
“We REACH together.”
We can reach farther and we can reach more together.
This roof crew worked as a team to lower the distressed one to
the only One Who could help