Getting People to Jesus, Pt. 3

And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.  And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.  And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.

Luke 5:17-19

These men were absolutely dedicated to getting their friend to Jesus.  At first, they couldn’t get him in, but they kept seeking means by which to get him in front of the Lord Jesus.  There was a multitude of people around Jesus, and they could not get by.  So they came up with another plan.  They went on the roof, took it apart and lowered their friend on his bed into the middle of the house, right in front of Jesus.

That was a very unconventional way to get a man to Jesus.  But it worked.  These men have gone down in history for their dedication to and love of their friend.  They were willing to take apart the roof of a house if that meant helping their friend.  While we may not ever have to take apart a roof to get someone to Jesus, we may have to leave our comfort zone at some point.  We may have to make some form of sacrifice.

Other people might have laughed at these men or rolled their eyes at seeing them taking apart a roof.  But their entire focus was on getting this man to Jesus, no matter the cost.  We can learn much from that level of dedication.  Just how dedicated are we?

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