Summary: Getting our needs met
When the devil blocks the door, go through the roof
Mark 2: 1-?
1 ¶ And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
We have here an interesting story about paralyzed man who needed to have an audience with Jesus.
As the story goes Jesus was in some type of house ministering to a group of people.
There had gathered so many people that the house was crowded to the point that no one could get inside the door.
It is quite possible that this paralytic heard about Jesus being in town and he wanted to go where He was thinking he might be healed of his condition.
Or, maybe these four men saw Jesus at this house and ran to get their paralytic friend to bring him to the healer.
But the point is, when they carried him to the house where Jesus was, they could not get him inside.
The room was packed with people; even the doorway was jammed with people trying to see Jesus.
It is quite possible they tried to get people to move so they could get their friend to Jesus.
But no one wanted to lose their place in the crowd. They might miss something!
So, it looked like they might as well give up and take this man back home. Maybe another time, another place.
But they were desperate! They had to get him to Jesus.
So being desperate, these men thought up a good idea!
Why don’t we climb up on the roof and let him down where Jesus is standing?
Now, you have to understand, this was probably not their house!
What would you do if you saw someone tearing your roof off and trying to lower some stranger into your house?
That’s what these guys were doing! They were desperately trying to get this poor sick man to the healer.
It might be their only chance. It could be their last opportunity!
As far as they were concerned, Jesus may not ever pass that way again, and they wanted to make sure this paralytic man had to chance to see him.
So they tore a hole in this man’s roof, and lowered him down to Jesus.
But instead of giving healing, the first thing Jesus said was, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.”
Jesus saw in this man a much greater need than healing for his body.
Thank God Jesus is not only the healer, but He is our redeemer!
He is our savior. He has the power to forgive us of our sins.
Jesus wanted that man to walk away with total restoration for both soul and body.
Thank God, this man left that room much different than he came.
He came with infirmities, he left completely restored and healed.
He came with iniquities, but he left forgiven and set free.
He came with no hope, but he left with complete victory.
He came with questions, but he left with the solution.
He came with faith, and he did not leave disappointed.
Even though the door was blocked, another way was made.
I can think of others whose doors were blocked but they never gave up.