They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.” – Mark 2:4
As we continue to look at how we can better serve Jesus, we remain in Mark 2, a story of four friends willing to do whatever they could to help their friend. These four friends saw their friend as God saw him, and they believed Jesus was the solution to his greatest problem. In fact, they believed in Him so much, that they did whatever it took to get their friend to Jesus.
That is the third part of serving people well. You have to see them. You have to show them. And then you have to do whatever it takes to get them to Jesus.
Mark 2:2-4 says, “Soon the house where He was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While He was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.”
Archeologists have spent decades uncovering the ancient city of Capernaum. And their excavations have shown us that first-century homes in this town were very small. In fact, the largest home in Capernaum would have held roughly 50 people (max) if everyone was standing shoulder to shoulder.
Their beds were not mattresses and box springs; each person simply had a mat they unrolled and placed on the dirt floor to sleep. Their roofs were flat and made up of common materials found in the area, materials like sticks and mud hardened by the sun. The streets were extremely narrow, so close that you could place both arms out and touch each side.
Mark 2 says the house was packed; there was no room. And yet these four men dug a hole in the ceiling and lowered their friend so He could get in front of Jesus. They were willing to do whatever it took to get Him to Jesus.
What would you be willing to do if it meant leading someone to Christ? These men show the love and service of Christ through loving and serving others! Are you willing to do the same?