And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Mark 2:1-5
Perhaps there's someone you know with a physical disability that makes it difficult to come to church. Helping that person make it to a service this Easter would be an amazing act of kindness. What keeps others from venturing out to attend a service, paralyzed if you will? It may be fear, loneliness, isolation, depression, illness, disappointment, the stress of life, or something else. Many people have never heard or experienced the reality that God loves them and genuinely likes them, so they're reluctant to even try church.
We know that in the presence of God, miracles happen and lives are changed forever. Sometimes, you just need someone to help you get where you cannot go alone.
The paralytic in this story left the presence of Jesus a changed man because four men were willing to take the risk and bring him where he couldn't take himself. Perhaps, deep down in his heart, he had been longing to see Jesus. Because people who cared about him took action, his life was transformed. Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:12)Let's be like those four friends and take action to bring those who would not come on their own. Expect to be amazed!
Doing Life Together,