Luke 5:19 Because of the crowd, however, they could find no way to take him in. So they carried him up on the roof, made an opening in the tiles, and let him down on his bed into the middle of the group in front of Jesus
A rather brusk information to start with ‘The crowd is not your ally’. It may seem the crowd is on your side when you stand in the same colours and apparently move together in one accord, but if the word of God is a dependable blueprint, crowds are never true allies.
It should therefore not really surprise us then that in today’s Gospel text, there was no other way to reach Jesus but through the roof because of the crowd. The same was true about Zacchaeus- the crowd made it impossible to reach Jesus, so He had to run on ahead and climb a sycamore tree. For blind Bartimaeus, that crowd asked him to stop shouting when he sought the attention of Jesus.
How about the thousands in the crowd that chose Barabas over Jesus? Beloved, each person in any crowd stands with their own intentions, their own needs and their very own desire. In 99 out of a 100 instances, those desires of theirs, will likely be placed well above yours.
Sometimes, to get to where you ought to, you might surf on the shoulders of a crowd. However, very often, in view of the distractions, discouragement and presence of obstacles a crowd presents,