1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.2 So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.4 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.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
I’ve preached on this passage before, but this past week I opened our 1st Life Group session with this passage.
Here are a couple of thoughts on it:
- At some point in our life, everyone of us will have a mat. A mat is something that leaves us paralyzed. Something that stunts our faith.
- We need to be surrounded with friends who are willing to be a roof crasher on our behalf.
- Jesus saw the faith of the men who brought the paralyzed man. Not the faith of the man on the mat.
- Who do you need to crash a roof for? Who’s mat are you carrying?
- Community is built by roof crashers.