DAY 340 OF 365 IN 2021
Luke 5:18-19 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.
I cannot tell if the men who carved their way through the roof to present their paralysed colleague to Jesus were aware that the power of God was present for healing. But whether they were in the known or not, they had just one goal – ‘to get their friend to Jesus’. The man with palsy may have had a desire to go all by himself, but his condition meant he was dependent on others. Therefore, the extent to which his friends went to make his contact with Jesus a reality was immense.
One more thing we notice about the attitude of those men is the presence of an extraordinary bravado! You could classify that gathering of Jesus as a mini conference with many dignitaries in attend, the calibre of people whose presence might make you reconsider a course of action, but no so with these friends. Regardless, there was no ounce of intimidation or fear in the actions of these friend in presence of these people of honour.
No one or nothing was too high or mighty enough to stand in the way of their mission. Sometimes, the one thing that prevents us from saying what we need to or doing something we ought to is because another person ‘more powerful’ or of a higher status is in our midst, hence we become afraid of being rebuked or reprimanded for our actions. This subsequently leads to a recoil and the wisdom that was meant to be shared with everyone, never is. This happens across many disciplines.
Beloved, the words and actions we hold back, could have been the turning point in the lives of others. That carving through the roof, if not for the possible charges of destruction of property, will at least have started a conversation: why did they do that? Did they really have to go that far? And those will subsequently provoke questions about faith, courage, relationship and morals.
We may not be overly conscious of this, but every action and word, is significant. They matter and can become turning points in the lives of others.