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HELPLESS

Mark 2:3,4 – And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.

I love the miracles of Jesus. We catch glimpses of His glory when we look again at His marvelous works. Today’s verse speaks about the paralyzed man who was carried by four friends to see Jesus. There were too many people crowding around Jesus but these four friends would not be denied. Their friend needed to see Jesus. What could they do? Why, climb onto the roof and tear a hole in it. Of course, this was the only way and they were going to take their chance. Maybe you know someone that needs Jesus. Whatever their problem; cancer, paralysis, alcoholism, sexual addiction; financial or marital woes, the answer is the same. Bring them to Jesus. Find a way, no obstacle should be too great. Here are some comments from Matthew Henry on today’s text.

“The faith of his friends in bringing him to Christ. His distemper was such, that he could not come to Christ himself, but as he was carried. Even the halt and the lame may be brought to Christ, and they shall not be rejected by him….It was his misery, that he needed to be so carried, and bespeaks the calamitous state of human life; it was their charity, who did so carry him, and bespeaks the compassion that it is justly expected should be in the children of men toward their fellow-creatures in distress, because we know not how soon the distress may be our own. These kind relations or neighbors thought, if they could but carry this poor man once to Christ, they should not need to carry him any more; and therefore made hard shift to get him to him; and when they could not otherwise get to him, they uncovered the roof where he was.”
Maybe you need to come to Jesus. You know the condition of your soul, maybe your soul is paralyzed. It could be paralyzed by fear, or paralyzed by sickness, or paralyzed by pride or resentment or anger. It makes no difference, the answer is the same, find your way to His feet. Your sins will be forgiven and your life will be made whole.

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