Summary: Do what we can humanly do, and trust God for what only He can do. Have faith in God, and do not give up.

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This is one of the more colourful events in Jesus’ ministry.

• We hear of it in the SS when we are young. We have a picture of four men on top of a house, breaking up a hole in the roof and letting their friend down. We are asked to colour the picture.

• We read here of a man in need, and four men carried him to Jesus. A big crowd has already gathered at the house, even outside the house.

• There is no way for them to get near to Jesus. So they went up the roof, open up a hole and lower him down from there.

Jesus had just entered Capernaum. Why so many flocked to hear Him?

Chapter 1 gave us some clues.

• He had earlier visited Capernaum – Mark 1:21 the people heard Him preached with authority [read 1:21-22, 27). He speaks His very Word.

• He demonstrated that authority, when He commanded evil spirits to leave.

• 1:29-31 He was at Simon and Andrew’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law had a high fever and He healed her.

• 1:32-34 “the whole town gathered at the door…” They brought the sick and demon-possessed.

He re-enters Capernaum in 2:1. No wonder the people flocked to see Him.

• People are hungry for the truth. People are in need of His healing touch.

• There is something that is lacking that only Jesus can fill.

• Nothing has changed today. We may be >2000 years after the events of Mark 1-2, but nothing has changed.

• People are still lost without the truth of God’s Word. People are still struggling in sickness and in bondage.

Can a miracle take place in their lives? Yes, if only they know Jesus is here.

We thank God this paralysed man got to Jesus. We thank God he did.

• Not only was his body healed, his life was transformed.

• He could very well be left on the street, or still lying motionless at home.

• But today he is walking, probably for the first time in his life.

Thanks to the four men who carried him. We need the stretcher bearers!

• Without Jesus, the healing will be impossible. But without them, the healing will never be possible.

• The sick, the demon-possessed, the paralytics will never get to see Jesus if not for the stretcher bearers.

• We saw that in chapter 1 (the people BROUGHT the sick and demon-possessed) and now the four men BROUGHT the paralytic to Jesus in chapter 2.

They BROUGHT those who cannot get to Jesus.

• They become the bridge that connects them to Jesus.

You want to see a miracle? Introduce them to Jesus. Be a stretcher bearer!

• This man’s life is forever changed because of four willing souls.

• That is the little they can do for this poor man. They cannot heal him; they cannot change his condition, not even the doctors.

• But they did what they can do, carry him. And given the opportunity [Jesus is in town], and this is what they did.

Don’t undermine the impact of your small act.

We must DO WHAT WE CAN HUMANLY DO. That’s the spirit of these four men.

• They may not necessarily be his friends. They could well be strangers who happened to notice a paralysed man in their midst. They saw this man’s needs.

• So they decided to take on a journey together, and that journey changed a man’s life forever. They saw a miracle!

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