by Seu Harrichunder
"A Few days later, when Jesus 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. Someone 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 digging through it lowered the mat the paralytic man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son your sins are forgiven.""
Most of the time we see Jesus preaching or teaching out in the field and many people would gather around him. But this time the Bible says that he came home to Capernaum and as usual the word got out and people flocked from all over the neighbouring town and the house was crowded. There was no room, even the door was blocked. These people that came had their own intentions, some might have came for healing, some just came to see Him and others just out of curiosity. When He had them all together Jesus preached to them. Four men carrying a paralytic on a mat wanted to get to Jesus, but they could not, because there was no way to get in. These men where either his relatives or neighbours that must have always helped him and carried him wherever he wanted to go. This time they must have heard about Jesus and the great miracles that he had performed, and they knew they would not let this opportunity go by no matter what the cost. Since they could not get through the door, they looked above and got the paralytic on top of the roof, dug through the tile without the permission of the owner. They persevered and was determined to get to Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith of the four men, he said to the paralytic, "Your sins are forgiven." Jesus commended them for bringing their friend through so much difficulty.
When we look at the zeal and determination of these four men, we see that they really cared for the paralytic and it was a great burden on them. When they saw the crowd and gained no entry, they knew that this was a great obstacle in front of them. This however did not hinder them, they did not just give up and say it was impossible or forget about it, they overcame this obstacle. Jesus was preaching the word, and I don't think any preacher would want to be disturbed in the middle of his sermon, especially for healing. Naturally you will find that during alter call this could be done.
But these men persevered and were persistent in making sure that they received the miracle for their friend and no one was going to stop them in their endeavor.
Most of us also go through major obstacles in our lives. Sometimes we look at a situation we cannot handle, we just want to give it up and say it is impossible, we are doing this with our own strength. But if you have a personal relationship with Jesus all things are possible. Matthew 17:20 Jesus says, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'move from here to there!' and it will move, nothing will be impossible for you"
Zachariah 4:7 "What are you o mighty mountain, before Zerubbabel you will become level ground." Here is a wonderful lesson of faith we can learn from these men, perseverance and overcoming obstacles.
Seu Harrichunder is the Mens Fellowship Leader in the Church of the Nazarene, Richards Bay, South Africa