And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. – Luke 5:18-19
Devotion and desperation filled the hearts of these friends. Upon hearing that Jesus was in their town, they bundled this man up and rushed him to the Healer. Imagine their disappointment upon entering the home and finding it way too crowded to bring their friend in on his bed. Instead of giving up or assuming it wasn't God's will to heal him, they persevered and got a little unconventional. Carefully on the rooftop, they lowered him down to the feet of Jesus. They knew his deepest need could only be filled by the Messiah.
Jesus could have been annoyed at the interruption but instead, He was moved by their compassion and by their faith. The man was healed, first spiritually and then bodily, he was able to pick up the mat that he was moments before held prisoner to, and freely walk home in awesome victory and glorifying God.
May God grant us the faith and the wisdom to take every need to the feet of Jesus even if that means getting a little unconventional like the friends in this verse did. When fear threatens or when we are tempted to rely on another, may we seek the Lord unrelentingly and wait upon Him for every need.
Sweet Jesus, thank you for the compassion You have on the lost and suffering. Please surround me with friends like this and help me to be a woman who brings others to you in their time of need. Amen.
What do you learn from this account of these peoples’ unorthodox approach in bringing their friend to Christ?
Have you had people in your life “carry” you to the feet of Jesus in a desperate hour?