Scripture: Mark 2:1 When (Jesus) returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3 Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Observation: There is a powerful sense of desperation on the part of those carrying the paralyzed man. Lowering him through a hole in the roof was a radical move. Jesus rewarded their faith by healing their paralyzed friend in verse 12.
Application: Yesterday during our late worship service, my wife Jana and daughter Danielle appeared visibly shaken as the service was coming to an end. They had just received a text message that one of the girls on Danielle’s cheer team named Tita and the girl’s mother Emma, were killed Saturday night in a car crash. Yesterday afternoon the team gathered to grieve the loss of two wonderful people.
As is true of any team, the team members spend a LOT of time together, as do parents. So a loss in this group is like losing family. We don’t expect young, healthy, vibrant people to die – but sometimes they do. And in the midst of the deep sorrow and pain being poured out yesterday at the practice gym, we also remembered the promise of the resurrection. Today’s story reminds me that, just as the paralytic man was raised from his mat, and Jesus raised from the dead, so we shall be raised from death to life.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, receive Emma and her daughter Tita into your care – and console those who mourn their loss. I pray this in your precious name. Amen.