Then Jesus walked the earth, he healed the sick, he raised the dead, he calmed storms, he brought hope, and set captives free.
Jesus even miraculously provided for people in need. He has not changed. He is still the “same, yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
On one occasion, a group of friends were so desperate to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus, that they were prepared to make a hole in a roof to get their sick friend to Jesus.
Jesus was in their town, but the place he was speaking at was overcrowded and packed to capacity. They knew Jesus could heal their friend, but they couldn’t get to Jesus, so in their determination, they did the unthinkable.
These friends basically broke open a roof to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus.
They, “went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.” (Luke 5:19)
Be a barrier-breaker:
These friends were prepared to make a hole in someone’s roof to get their sick friend to Jesus.
And what did Jesus do?
We are told, “Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:20)
Jesus then told this paralyzed man, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” (Luke 5:24)
This hopeless man’s life was forever changed.
One moment he was disabled and crippled, and the next, after meeting Jesus, he was miraculously healed and set free.
We are told, “And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!” Luke 5:25-26)
Jesus still heals, delivers, and sets free.
What has crippled your life? Are you in a hopeless position? What has paralyzed you? How desperate are you?
Do you know of someone who is broken or in a mess? Then bring them to Jesus.
Are you prepared to blow a hole through a roof to get them to Jesus?
Jesus can still make broken lives whole.
So often when we face challenges, we look at all the problems.
The friends of this paralyzed man who tried to get their friend to Jesus could have easily given up when they arrived at the venue and couldn’t get in, because it was packed to capacity.
They could have said, “We have tried our best”. They could have said, “This crowd is too big and our friend is getting too heavy to carry around.” But no, they were so focused on getting to Jesus that no obstacle could keep them down.
Do you know of someone who is broken? Bring them to Jesus.
Bring them to Jesus.
We all know people who are in need, who are in a tough spot. Some are paralyzed by fear and worry, some are crippled because of the hard knocks and disappointments of life.
Are you prepared to be the barrier-breaker? Are you prepared to blow a while in the roof?
If you know of someone who is in trouble, get them to Jesus. He is the way-maker, and nothing is too difficult for him.
Do what you must but get them to Jesus!
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