Do you remember those guys who needed to see Jesus so badly that they CUT A HOLE IN THE ROOF OF A HOUSE.
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” // Mark 2:1-5 //
I mean, wow.
Just imagine the determination. Was it the paralyzed man, calling out to Christ much like Bartimaeus? Or was it the others, desperate for their friend to be healed they would take any measure to see the Lord? I picture it was both the man and his friends, knowing all kinds of healing could be found in at the feet of Jesus.
Which made me wonder. How often do I cut holes in the roofs of my life to get to Jesus?
By God’s grace, I (currently) don’t face physical paralysis. Yet it is so easy to ignore my spiritual paralysis. In fact, it’s frighteningly easy to believe I don’t need the Lord’s strength. To think I can pull my God-crafted feet up by my bootstraps.
My soul is more desperate for Christ than I know.
Cutting open a roof, if that’s what it takes, is not an extreme measure when it comes to meeting with the Son of Man. And, for Christians today, the task of getting close to Jesus is really no task at all. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ dwells within us. We don’t have to pilgrimage to a sacred place or ask a priest to intercede on our behalf. Our very bodies are temples (1 Cor. 6:19) and we have a forever High Priest mediating for us (Heb. 4:14-16).
What is required?
Come humbly. Come obediently. Come faithfully. Come bringing nothing except yourself as a living offering.
Cut a hole in your roof.
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