Jeffrey Stevens

Reflections from Luke 5:18-19

Luke 5:18-19 And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set [him] in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus.

We’ve all heard this story before. Jesus heals a man who was unable to walk. However, I think several of us become so wrapped up in the miracle, we are blind to the importance of the message. We fail to see the significance of demonstrating our faith in our daily lives.

There are two points within the passage I want to touch on today. For starters, the action taken by the four men carrying their friend on a stretcher. The four who were willing to wreak havoc on Jesus’ Sunday school lesson and destroy someone’s home.

Think about it for a second. During this time period, a home’s roof was made out of straw and dried up mud. Not only did these men tear apart a section of this roof, imagine the horrible mess it created inside the house?

There was no time to move household items out of the way. The material these men were tearing apart had nowhere to go except down. We already know the house was so packed with people the men couldn’t get their friend in through the front door. Picture being at a friend’s house to watch the game and right before the big play, plaster, wood, and everything else our roofs are made of just came crashing down. What would your reaction to the incident be if you were one of the many visitors, let alone the homeowner?

This wasn’t a simple act of introducing a friend to Jesus. Work was required. Feelings were hurt. Many people surely became angry because of the rude intrusion. These men were going to get their friend to Jesus by any means necessary. Regardless of how they would be received or the consequences of their actions. Their faith that Jesus was the answer to their friend’s problem was so strong, they weren’t going to let anything get in the way.

Are you willing to destroy the roof?

This leads to my second point. How many friends like these four men do we know? How many people do we have in our corner, willing to go to any lengths possible to lead us to Jesus? More importantly, how many of us can say we’re one of these four men in the life of someone else?

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