Scripture: Luke 5:12-26
Key verses: (18-20) Just then some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; 19but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus. 20When he saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’
Reflection: I imagine there were some in the crowd that day that were skeptical or critical of Jesus and his ministry. Others might have been passively tolerant as long as their lives or theology did not have to change. I can easily imagine these people because I am often the one that sits in the crowd with curiosity and skepticism. In the middle of a spirit-filled sermon, I will often catch myself and lift a prayer for God to take down the walls and stretch my heart. With the ability to google anything, find an answer quickly and even take our spirituality in our own hands, it is hard to have faith in others.
The carriers in this scripture recognize Jesus’ power and authority. They know their friends needed Jesus and they want to bring Jesus to them or them to HIM. In this scripture, we see that they went to extreme measures to reach Jesus. They yearn for the transformation that only Jesus can bring, the healing that is restorative. No cynicism. No skepticism. Faith.
May we enter our week with the faith of a carrier instead of a cynic.
Prayer: God of Light and Truth, for our sake and our redemption you sent Jesus to live among us. May we hear the good news with open ears and share it without hesitation. God, transform our lives with your good news, through your son Jesus. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].