Mark 2:3-4 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. (4) And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
- One sck of the palsy. G3885 paralutikos par-al-oo-tee-kos’; as if dissolved, that is, “paralytic”: – that had (sick of) the palsy.
- Carried by four men upon their shoulders, as if he was a dead on carcass; so weak and enfeebled was he by his disease, that he could not walk, or be otherwise brought; or rather upon a bed, which four men, at the four comers of it, carried in their hands.
- Oh what a picture of the lost! Unable to come to Jesus themselves, paralyzed by sin, they cannot seek God on their own. They are helpless. They need divine intervention or they are hell bound. We that are saved have a call on our lived: to be salt, light, a lamp on the hilltop lighting the way to Jesus in both words and actions. That may mean bringing them to church, opening the Bible and witnessing to them, or praying for them, or whatever.
- They had a mission: their friend needed Jesus and nothing was going to deter them.He could not walk? OK, we will carry him. A large crowd blocking the door. No problem, we will go up the outside staircase to the roof. The trap door is too small for him? Well then we will just make it bigger. (and I can just imagine Peter’s wife sitting next to him during the service already upset about the crowd messing up her house turning to him hissing in a soft but hard voice “they are breaking up the roof!”)
- They would not be deterred. A measure of our character is what does it to stop us? A unkind word, a mocking tone, a mild threat, the phone line being busy once? A few drops of rain?
We need to remember the example of the four, the four friends who realized that there was a need for a touch from Jesus in the life of their friend and would not let him be denied a touch from Jesus.