About this event:
The house is packed and everyone can’t get in (poor social distancing in today’s world).
Jesus is prepared to teach and heal.
Read the situation in Luke 5:17-26.
Five guys (four mobile and one paralyzed) have been turned away at the door.
Probably, the most wacky friend says: What about the roof? They start ripping through
The paralyzed friend is likely amazed at their strength and willingness to take a big risk
on his behalf.
The paralyzed friend also may be scared out of his wits when he is hauled up to the roof.
With debris and clods of dirt falling, I can almost see Jesus smile. Instead of punishment,
there’s a reward coming for ripping off the roof. Jesus first words are, “Son your sins are
The friends may be thinking, uh, Jesus, did you notice our friend is paralyzed.
The Pharisees are thinking blasphemy. Jesus responds, “So that you might know
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins… take up your mat and go home.”
The paralyzed man rolls up his mat and walks away in freedom and forgiveness.
Do you have any roof-ripping friends? Did they bring you to church, help your attitude,
devotional life, language, and so forth.
Well, we need to be safe. Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, gloves, masks are at every
turn. We have seat belt laws, and try to make safe financial decisions. We try to protect
our children and grandchildren.
In this scripture, the friends did not take the safe road. Is following Jesus safe?
If Jesus is leading, it may not be safe. However, we can rest assured that He is there
alongside, in front, and behind us (He’s got our back).
Be encouraged, What a Friend We Have in Jesus!