Friday, January 13, 2006

Through the roof

Picture from 'What makes Jesus Christ so unique?'
Been reading the story where Jesus heals a paralysed man (Mark 2:1-12).

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered 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 paralytic, 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 and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.
(Mark 2:1-4)
A couple of things surprise me about this story.
A lot of the time we Christians talk about 'coming to Jesus' as being a personal decision, or the initiation of 'a personal relationship with your Lord and Saviour'. The thing is, in this story, the sick guy is completely dependent on is friends to get him to Jesus so he can be healed.
Another thing I realised is that it would've taken a lot of guts for his friends to break through the roof. I'm sure the people inside wouldn't have been happy with bits of roof falling in on their heads. And the owner of the house mighn't have appreciated the new sky-light.


HolyInheritance said...

A perfect illustration and demonstration of Jesus' command:

"Love your brother as yourSelf."


Kitty Cheng said...

hey Christop, long time no 'see' and 'chat' have u been? let's catch up soon yeah?