Ripping Off the Roof

In Mark 2:1-12 we read of four men who went to extreme measures to get their friend to Jesus. Their friend was paralyzed and there was no known cure for his condition. These men had heard about, or maybe even witnessed, Jesus heal others. They realized Jesus was the only remedy for their friend’s great need. Their desperation birthed a great determination to get there friend to Jesus. I hate to admit this, but I often fail in my efforts to intercede for others because I am not moved by their need. How about you? Are you moved to pray for others? Are you desperate to help others get to Jesus? Do you see the real needs that only Jesus can meet? Are you willing to overcome difficult obstacles to intercede for those with great need? Jesus was in a house preaching the Word of God and “so many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway . . .” (Mark 2:3). The four men who carried the paralyzed man on a mat didn’t let the crowd prevent them from getting to Jesus. “Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above where He was. And when they had broken through, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying” (Mark 2:4). These men were determined to overcome the obstacles between them and Jesus. First of all, they went around the crowd! The crowd of the world wants to keep us from getting to Jesus. Our lives can easily become full of things that crowd out time, attention and resources that should be given to the Lord. Carrying their friend on a mat, these four men climbed to the roof of the house. They refused to let walls keep them out. They rose above the barriers. Finally, they ripped off the roof! They broke through in order to lower their burden to the feet of Jesus. Are you willing to go around the crowd, rise above barriers and break through obstacles to lay burdens at the feet of Jesus? Tomorrow we will see the glorious outcome of such a passion to get to Jesus.

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